Congestion-Free Tolling

Open-road tolling lanes on the Tri-State Tollway near the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest. (From Wikipedia)

Congestion-free (a.k.a. "non-stop," "open road," or "highway-speed") tolling is a safe and environmentally conscious alternative to barrier toll booths. It allows drivers to pay tolls without slowing down, eliminating backups and thereby:

The Port Authority and other NJ agencies have started implementing this exciting technology (the Outerbridge Crossing, for example, has 45 MPH toll lanes). And across the country, open road tolling is being implemented in places as diverse as Miami, Dallas, New Hampshire, and Philadelphia.

The MTA (which operates the Whitestone, Verrazano, Henry Hudson, and Triboro Bridges and the Brooklyn Battery and Midtown Tunnels) has been historically reluctant to embrace open-road tolling technology, citing concerns about toll evasion, and still uses barrier toll booths that require even E-Z Pass users to stop before proceeding. But in a report released in early 2010, the agency dedicated itself to an aggressive campaign of technology improvements, including a commitment to installing high-speed cashless tolls. The MTA will test the new technology on the Henry Hudson Bridge connecting Manhattan and the Bronx.


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