Cashless tolls on Tappan Zee Bridge to start next month

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014, file photo, construction cranes are working on the foundations for a new Tappan Zee Bridge, as seen from Nyack, N.Y. New York does a good job of investing in public parks and solid waste but must improve efforts to modernize its sewers, bridges and roads, according to a new analysis of the state’s infrastructure report card from the New York chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The report, which was released Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, looked at a broad range of infrastructure, including airports, transit and other categories. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – The Tappan Zee Bridge is switching to cashless tolls next month.

The New York Thruway Authority announced Monday that the system will start on April 23.

Officials are encouraging commuters to get E-ZPass. Drivers who don’t have one will receive toll bills in the mail once the cash toll collection is shut down.

More than 80 percent of the 50 million vehicles that cross the Hudson River on the bridge each year already use E-ZPass.

Thruway Authority officials say the move has been years in the making and will save commuters about nine hours a year on their travel.

The electronic billing process is part of the transition during construction of a new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge.

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