ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/WBNG) -- New York state officials say cashless tolling will begin by the end of this year at the Thruway Authority's toll barriers in the lower Hudson Valley.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew Driscoll made the announcement Tuesday during the agency's board of directors meeting in Albany.
Cuomo announced earlier this year that the entire 570-mile Thruway system will be converted to cashless tolling by the end of 2020.
Cashless tolling was first introduced in 2016 at the Tappan Zee Bridge, later renamed the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. It was followed earlier this year by the Grand Island Bridge near Buffalo.
Cashless tolling systems will be installed by the end of 2018 at the Harriman, Yonkers, New Rochelle and Spring Valley toll barriers.
How does it work?
According to New York State: If you have E-ZPass, your toll is collected using the same process that you are already familiar with. If you don't have E-ZPass sign-up here to start saving time and money today. E-ZPass is accepted in 16 states across the Northeast and Midwest . Prepaid E-ZPass accounts can be purchased without waiting in line at select retail locations.
Motorists without E-ZPass using the New York State Thruway cashless tolling system can pay their toll bill a variety of ways. After a motorist travels through a cashless facility, an image is captured of the license plate. Using the address on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a toll bill is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Motorists are required by law to keep their address current with the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure bills are mailed to the proper owner. Drivers must update their address with the DMV within 10 days of moving.
Learn more by visiting thruway.ny.gov.