The Henry Hudson Bridge will be cashless in November
By Jean-Luc Roussel
The Henry Hudson Bridge will be cashless beginning Saturday, Nov. 10.
After preparations started in January of last year, the MTA will fully implement cashless, gateless tolls on the widely used Henry Hudson Bridge. Although a number of tolls through the city make use of a system allowing for cash and electronic processing, this will be the first attempt to implement a completely electronic system in a heavily-populated, urban area.
The efficacy of the streamlined system here will likely decide whether or not it sees use in the rest of the city. Using sophisticated camera technology, according to the MTA, cashless tolls remove any need to stop at toll gates. Instead, a snapshot is taken of the driver’s license plate. The driver is charged later by the MTA through an invoice.
New computer software has been implemented alongside the cameras, as well as widening the lanes and modifying the booths overall. The MTA anticipated these changes to amount to a smoother transition across the bridge for the tens of thousands of vehicles passing over it every day.
Correction: a previous version of this story reported the MTA would only implement cashless tolls in one direction. The bridge will have cashless tolls in both directions. The driver will be charged by the MTA, which uses the DMV to look up the driver's registration.