All-Electronic Tolling for Bayonne Bridge

In 2019, the Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will join the Bayonne Bridge with cashless tolling, a more streamlined way for everyone to travel. The toll booths will be replaced with overhead equipment that instantly reads a vehicle’s E-ZPass tag. If a vehicle doesn't have an E-ZPass tag, a photograph will be taken of its license plate and a toll bill will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

What are the benefits of cashless tolling?

Cashless tolling is convenient as Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing drivers will no longer have to wait in long lines at a toll booth. Other benefits include:

  • Reduced travel times and no more stop & start traffic
    A savings of 200,000 hours a year
  • Enhanced safety
    An annual reduction in accidents by 7 to 10 percent
  • Reduced auto emissions
    An annual reduction of 11,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide
  • Reduced fuel consumption
    1,300,000 gallons a year saved ($3,300,000 a year)

Bridges, tunnels, and toll roads across the nation use cashless tolling, including the Bayonne Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

All-Electronic Tolling Withour E-ZPass

How does cashless tolling work for customers with E-ZPass?

E-ZPass account customers will experience the same convenient process as they do now – seamless travel through the toll point without stopping. As a vehicle enters the toll lane, the E-ZPass tag that is mounted on the vehicle’s windshield is read by the antennae. The toll is charged to the E-ZPass holder's account.

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How does cashless tolling work for vehicles without E-ZPass?

Customers who do not have an E-ZPass tag will also travel through the toll point without stopping.

The overhead cameras photograph the vehicle’s license plate for processing. A toll bill is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle through Tolls by Mail.

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What are the benefits of E-ZPass vs. Tolls by Mail?

With E-ZPass, you will automatically receive a discount of up to 30% at all Port Authority bridges and tunnels. There are no bills to pay and your toll is automatically deducted from your prepaid account when using a credit card.

No discounts are available with Tolls by Mail. Toll bills must be paid promptly and accounts that fall behind are subject to additional fees.

What is the E-ZPass Pay Per Trip Plan?

Customers who do not have a credit card, or prefer the convenience of paying for tolls as they are used, can sign up for the Pay Per Trip Plan.

  • The Pay Per Trip Plan enables customers to link their E-ZPass account to their checking account. The cost of the toll is taken directly from the checking account on the day the toll bridge or tunnel is used.
  • Customers may choose to include a credit card on their account as a backup to their checking account. When a credit card backup is included, the E-ZPass tag deposit is waived.

For more information on the Pay Per Trip Plan, please visit www.ezpassny.com.

What is Tolls by Mail?

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Tolls by Mail is a program that allows customers who do not have an E-ZPass tag to use the Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, or any other cashless tolling bridge or tunnel in New York. The registered vehicle owner is sent a toll bill in the mail that can be paid online, by mail, phone, or at certain local retailers.

What is the Tolls by Mail billing process?

  • Toll bills for passenger vehicles are issued to the registered vehicle owner once a month and include all toll transactions during the billing period.
  • Customers must pay the toll bill on or before the due date.
  • If a toll bill is not paid on time, it will be subject to a $5 late fee on the second toll bill. If the tolls owed remain unpaid after two toll bills are mailed, they will be subject to a violation fee of $50 for each unpaid toll. Please pay toll bills on time to avoid these fees.
  • Persistent unpaid violations may result in civil penalties and/or vehicle registration suspension.

For information about the Tolls by Mail billing process for commercial vehicles, please visit www.tollsbymailny.com

What will happen to the E-ZPass Carpool Plan when cashless
tolling begins at these bridges?

With the start of cashless tolling, the E-ZPass Carpool Plan will be discontinued at the Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing. Please visit www.panynj.gov/CashlessTolling for information on other E-ZPass plan options.

Feedback

For questions about cashless tolling at the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge or Outerbridge Crossing, please contact us at www.panynj.gov/feedback or call 800 221-9903.



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