WOODBURY - New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday a plan to install automatic tolls at MTA bridges and tunnels in the state.
Starting in January, the MTA will begin rolling out a new toll-taking system that uses cameras and sensors at all bridges and tunnels leading in and out of Manhattan. Toll booths will be removed, allowing traffic to continue flowing.
E-ZPass users will still be charged as usual. Those without will have their license plates read and a bill will be sent to the registered owner.
The $500 million plan also includes funding for increased security measures that include additional cameras, facial-recognition devices and the hiring of hundreds of new law enforcement officers.
AAA police analyst Alec Slatky says the change will be good for motorists and that the state already has a plan to deal with scofflaws, which would see a driver have their license suspended after five non-payments.
Slatky also says that by removing toll plazas, the roads will be safer due to fewer collisions.
The project is expected to be fully implemented by 2018.