NEWARK, NJ (AP) — The busy George Washington Bridge (GWB) connecting New Jersey and New York City is transitioning to cashless tolls, removing a reminder of an infamous piece of history. From 10 July, drivers who pay tolls will have their license plates scanned and paid by post.
The bridge is the busiest of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey-operated crosswalks, which handled about 49 million eastbound vehicles last year. In addition to serving as a commuter access point to New York City, it carries millions of vehicles traveling on Interstate 95 each year.
Cash tolls have already been introduced at the three Staten Island bridges and the Holland Tunnel, and the Lincoln Tunnel is slated to be launched later this year. As part of the transformation, the toll booths and islands at the GWB will be demolished. And because the scanners cannot reliably determine the number of passengers in a vehicle, the carpool discounts at the GWB will no longer apply, according to the Port Authority.
The tollbooths on the top floor of the bridge were the focus of the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal in 2013 when political agents realigned lanes to create a stalemate at the bridge to punish a local mayor who was then governor. of New Jersey, Chris Christie, did not support. He was not charged, but two former aides were convicted in federal court and one pleaded guilty. Their convictions were later overturned by the Supreme Court.