Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Port Authority Will Vote on Cashless Tolls

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Port Authority Will Vote on Cashless Tolls

Article excerpt

Toll collectors could soon become a thing of the past at Port Authority bridges and tunnels as the agency moves one step closer toward all-electronic tolling.

Commissioners are expected to approve a $170 million project to replace the agency's 20-year-old toll collection system at a board meeting on Thursday.

Under the new system, cameras would capture the license plates of vehicles that do not have E-ZPass tags and send drivers a bill in the mail.

The agency collected more than $1.5 billion in toll revenues last year, almost half of it at the George Washington Bridge, which recorded receipts totaling $739 million.

Commissioners approved a cashless tolling system in 2010 which was supposed to be put into operation by the end of 2015. According to agency documents, that contract was terminated in 2011 because of "the contractor's inability to meet all of the contract deliverables. …

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