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Cashless tolls debut in Erie County

The cashless tolls were launched Friday. (Photo: WKBW for WHAM.)

New cashless tolls were launched in Grand Island, Erie County on Friday, according to WKBW.

The new system allows drivers with or without E-Z Passes to drive through the tolls without having to stop. Although those without E-Z Passes are mailed a $1.00 toll bill.

The Gantries snap pictures of the license plate of the vehicle without an E-Z Pass and New York State Thruway Authority mails a bill to the registered owner of the vehicle, within 30 days.

The new tolls are expected to save daily commuters more than 200 minutes every year.

Tens of thousands of people cross the Grand Island Bridges every day. About 88 percent of them are visitors. The cashless tolls are expected to help the flow of traffic between the Tonawandas and Niagara Falls.

The process to remove the old toll stations has started. It will take weeks before they are fully removed.

NYS Thruway Authority says it has reassigned all employees. There could be some layoffs in the future.

The Thruway Authority plans to make the entire Thruway cashless by end 2020.

Governor Cuomo announced back in August that the cashless tolls would be up and running by February or March 2018.


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