The busy George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey is finally set to go cashless with updated toll payment methods.
Starting July 10, drivers paying cash tolls will have their license plates scanned and will be billed by mail. As part of the transformation, the tollbooths and islands will be demolished.
The bridge is the busiest of the crossings operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and handled roughly 49 million eastbound vehicles last year. In addition to serving as an entry point for commuters into New York City, it carries millions of vehicles annually traveling on Interstate 95.
Cashless tolling already is in place at the authority’s three Staten Island bridges and the Holland Tunnel, and is scheduled to be introduced at the Lincoln Tunnel later this year.
This move brings an end to the controversial past of the Bridge that was part of 2013′s “Bridgegate” scandal when political operatives realigned traffic lanes to create gridlock near the bridge to punish a local mayor who didn’t support then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
According to the Port Authority, since the scanners can’t reliably determine the number of passengers in a vehicle, carpool discounts at the George Washington Bridge will be discontinued.