Thruway moves to cashless tolls

Starting Saturday morning, no cash tolls will be collected on the New York State Thruway.

The conversion will take place simultaneously at 58 tolling locations across the Thruway’s 450-mile ticketed system.

“The camera will take a photo of your E-Z Pass or your license plate at speed and you get a bill in the mail or it’s deducted from your E-Z Pass,” Governor Andrew Cuomo told Spectrum News Albany on Thursday. “You don't stop. It doesn't slow down traffic; it actually accelerates traffic by as much as 25 percent. It reduces emissions — it’s just all around good news.

Cash will no longer be accepted as a form of payment at toll booths and printed toll tickets will not be handed out, ending a practice that began in 1954.

To support this transition, NY E-ZPass has released a TollsNY mobile app to help drivers manage E-ZPass accounts, find and pay Tolls by Mail invoices, and get account alerts for tolls.

Motorists are encouraged to sign up for E-ZPass, the easiest and quickest way to pay tolls on the Thruway. All drivers, regardless of residency, can sign up for a New York E-ZPass account at or by calling the E-ZPass Toll Free Customer Service Center at 800-333-TOLL (8655).

E-ZPass On-the-Go tags are available at 26 Thruway Service Areas system-wide, more than 900 locations across the state including participating grocery and convenience stores as well as government offices, motor vehicles offices, and Automobile Association of America retail stores.

Current E-ZPass customers are encouraged to sign up for mobile alerts and to properly mount tags to their windshields. Customers can login to their account at for more information.
For additional information on how cashless tolling works and tips on how to pay bills on time, visit the Thruway Authority's website at

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