Cashless tolling begins on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York, US
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York has switched to cashless tolling in an effort to reduce congestion.
The latest initiative is expected to improve the motorists' travel time.
As part of this transition, commuters are encouraged by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign-up for an E-ZPass and save on tolls across the state, including 30% to 50% at bridges and tunnels in the city.
Cuomo said: "The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a vital transportation artery for New York City, and cashless tolling will improve safety, reduce congestion and streamline travel between Staten Island and Brooklyn.
"By transitioning to cashless tolling, we are modernising our transportation infrastructure and easing commutes for current and future generations of New Yorkers."
The governor intends to speed-up the implementation of cashless tolling in the region in order to cope with the heavy traffic conditions during the Pennsylvania Station summer crisis.
Amtrak is planning to conduct repair works at the station, which would see a reduction of train frequency by 20% during the peak hours of the day, forcing commuters to opt for an alternative transport method.
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will now be part of the RFK Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge, Hugh L Carey Tunnel, Queens Midtown Tunnel, and Rockaway Bridges, where cashless tolling is already in-use.
Cashless tolling is estimated to save approximately 21 hours of commuters' time a year, as well as helping reduce emissions levels as drivers no longer have to stop and wait to pay tolls.
Image: Cashless tolling implemented on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York. Photo: courtesy of New York State Government.