The work is being performed as part of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York Crossings Project, which will introduce cashless tolling at all MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ tolled crossings.
New York’s roads are some of the most congested in the nation, with commutes from Long Island, White Plains, and Northern and Southern New Jersey averaging upwards of two hours. On average, 800,000 vehicles cross MTA tunnels and bridges each day.
Cashless tolls are intended to significantly enhance traffic flow, reduce congestion and decrease commute times. Sensors and cameras will be suspended over the roadway on gantries, and vehicles will not be required to stop. Vehicles with E-ZPass will be charged automatically, and non-E-ZPass vehicles will have an image of their license plate recorded and a bill will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in joint venture with AECOM is nearing completion of work on the MTA’s first cashless toll operation, at the Henry Hudson Bridge. Cashless tolling at the Henry Hudson Bridge is part of a larger rehabilitation project involving the reconstruction of the existing plazas and southbound bridge approaches.
Construction of automated facilities at the Queens Midtown Tunnel and the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel is also under way, with cashless toll collection expected to begin in early 2017. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is responsible for the design of the project.
For the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Triborough Bridge, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, in joint venture with HNTB, is leading the design of cashless tolling at three locations approaching the bridge. Cashless tolling at the RFK Triborough Bridge is planned to begin in late 2017.
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