Lincoln Tunnel now has cashless tolls; drivers without E-ZPass billed in mail

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Sunday, December 11, 2022
Lincoln Tunnel goes cashless
The move is a part of the Port Authority's efforts to make all Hudson Crossings cashless. Johny Fernandez has details.

Drivers who use the Lincoln Tunnel may have a smoother ride now that cashless tolls have started.

The move was the last step in a $500 million project to bring modern toll collecting to all of the Port Authority's bridges and tunnels.

The new toll collection system, which began Sunday, will collect payments through E-ZPass or by taking a picture of your license plate and sending you a bill in the mail.

With the change, the Port Authority says it'll save drivers over one million gallons of fuel a year and reduce over 11,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide yearly with the elimination of lanes and booths.

It also believes it is "a win-win" for drivers because it shortens their commutes and will reduce accidents in the toll lanes.

This news comes nearly a month after the Port Authority announced an increase in toll prices on local bridges and tunnels.

Back in November, the agency said it lost $3 billion during the pandemic, and that the high rate of inflation, as reflected in the U.S. Consumer Price Index, has triggered the one-dollar increase for tolls.

The Port Authority recommends that all drivers who don't currently have an E-ZPass, sign up for one.

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