Say goodbye to cash tolls on the bridge and some notorious history


Fort Lee, NJ (AP) — Attention to drivers at George Washington Bridge: Your cash is not good here.

Starting Sunday, drivers trying to cross the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York will go through an electronic toll collection system.

Drivers who do not have E-ZPass and are paying cash will instead take a license plate with an overhead camera and mail an invoice.

The relocation from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has come as a way to help ease the congestion of the busiest bridge of the three Hudson River intersections it oversees.

“Many supporters have long sought this, and it’s a welcome move,” said Tom Wright, president of the Regional Planning Association.

The introduction of the new system removes the current tollhouse and removes the link to a memorable chapter in New Jersey’s political history known as the “Bridge Gate.”

Traffic in Fort Lee, NJ, was counted in 2013 when a group of Republican political operatives blocked part of the access lane leading to the toll booth in retaliation for the Democratic mayor who did not support the government at the time. I was in a traffic jam for a day. Chris Christie for reelection.

Christie had not been charged with anything, but the two were convicted of federal crime. These convictions were later overturned by the Supreme Court.Another person pleaded guilty The plea was vacated..

George Washington Bridge is a crossroads not only for entering New York City, but also for drivers using Interstate 95. According to the Port Authority, more than 49 million vehicles crossed eastward last year, making it the most used crossroads on the Hudson River. By truck.

Cashless toll collection has been used in the Holland Tunnel since December 2020 and is scheduled to begin in the Lincoln Tunnel later this year, the Port Authority said.

By using electronic systems for tolls, Wright said, “We can serve more drivers faster and more efficiently.” But he warned, that didn’t mean there was no more congestion as the vehicle converged to cross the span.

“It’s not like a magic wand,” he said.