Date: Feb 25, 2010
Press Release Number: 9-2010
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized the purchase of a new toll collection system for the agency's six bistate crossings, which will have the capability to accommodate cashless - also known as all-electronic - tolling in the future.
The Board authorized, at a total cost of $175 million, the final design and construction of the new toll collection system in the existing toll plazas, with the capability for cashless tolling. As a component of the $175 million, the Port Authority will contract with PBS&J Architecture and Engineering for program management services related to the deployment of the new toll collection system. Installation of the new system will begin in late 2012 and be completed by the end of 2014.
The system will replace the existing 12-year-old one, which is one of the oldest in the northeast United States. When the new equipment is installed, the system will be equipped to collect cash and E-ZPass, and will also have the ability to operate without cash.
A decision will be made at a later date as to when to implement cashless tolling, which would enhance regional mobility with nonstop toll operations and result in improved air quality by reducing emissions. The upgraded toll collection system also will benefit customers by eliminating lane closings resulting from equipment problems, reduce billing problems resulting from faulty equipment, and improve signage to allow drivers to more easily find the correct lane.
Initially, when the new equipment is installed, the toll plazas will operate as they do today. All lanes will be equipped with the ability to handle E-ZPass transactions, and there will be designated lanes to accommodate cash customers.
At its monthly meeting this afternoon, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners also took the following actions:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region's Core tunnel project.