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Henry Hudson Bridge goes cashless Saturday night
Come Saturday night, no more cash will be accepted at the Henry Hudson Bridge.
At 11 p.m. Saturday, the bridge goes cashless.
Drivers using E-ZPass will still get the $2.20 discount on the regular $4 toll. Those that drive through without a pass will have their license plates photographed and a bill for the full toll sent to their home if they're the registered owner, the MTA says.
This is the first time toll gates are going all-electronic in the New York area. MTA officials say the pilot program will speed the flow of traffic and reduce auto emissions.
“Using the latest in toll collection technology at the bridge is another example of how MTA is utilizing technology to improve the customer experience,” said MTA chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota.
Drivers who prefer to pay tolls in cash can buy a prepaid MTA E-ZPass at any cash lane for an MTA bridge or tunnel. They then can request an MTA cash reload card, which does not require a bank account or a credit or debit card.
The first phase of the pilot began in January 2011, when gates were removed from E-ZPass lanes, the MTA says. The effort resulted in a 25 percent increase in cars passing through tolls at peak hours, the MTA says.