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Cashless Toll Violation Amnesty Jan. 22 – Feb. 26

New signs will alert drivers of toll at new bridge, how to pay if they have no E-ZPass® /NYSTA

Did you know there are two overhead gantries near Exit 10 in South Nyack? One you will see on the Thruway; the other is where the entrance ramp as it narrows to meet the Thruway. If you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag and drove under either gantry, then here’s good news: you can pay those unpaid tolls without fees for the next few weeks.

Tomorrow (January 22) starts the Thruway Authority’s amnesty program for Tolls by Mail cashless tolling customers who travel between Westchester and Rockland. Eligible motorists will receive letters from the Thruway Authority in early February indicating their balances and how to pay them/have their fees waived using a new dedicated webpage.

Inputting their license plate, state and zip code will bring up any open violations and costs. Fees will be waived if payment is received by February 26, 2018, either by credit card or mail-in coupon with a check or money order to the Thruway Authority.

The agency’s six-point action plan includes new signage and encouraging customers to keep their Department of Motor Vehicles addresses up to date.

One of two overhead gantries near South Nyack for cashless tolling/© Janie Rosman 2018

This applies to violations issued between April 24, 2016, and January 31, 2018, and includes those with open violations in collections and who have suspended registrations. Motorists with E-ZPass® violations or other violations unrelated to the new bridge are not eligible.

For the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge, if the first toll bill is not paid by the customer, a $5 late fee will be imposed on the second notice. If a second notice is also ignored, violation fees of $100 per toll will be imposed.

Motorists can get E-ZPass® On-the-Go at one of about 780 retailers across the state. Register it February 1 through February 26 to receive a $10 account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway.

For more information, click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Toll Violation Fees waived thru February 2018

Two cashless tolling gantries near Exit 10 in South Nyack went live April 2016/NNYB

Starting Monday, Tolls by Mail customers who have open violations between April 24, 2016, and January 31, 2018, will be able to pay their outstanding toll balances with no accrued fees once the tolls are paid.

Eligible motorists will receive letters from the Thruway Authority in early February indicating their balances and how to pay them/have their fees waived using a new dedicated webpage.

Inputting their license plate, state and zip code will bring up any open violations and costs. Fees will be waived if payment is received by February 26, 2018, either by credit card or mail-in coupon with a check or money order to the Thruway Authority.

Anyone who was referred to a collection agency or who had his/her registration suspended can pay by the due date to have the fees waived.

This applies to motorists who paid their toll bill in full and have unpaid violations or fees, those on payment plans and whose registration was suspended or who were referred to the Department of Motor Vehicles for suspension.

Motorists with E-ZPass® violations or other violations unrelated to the new bridge are not eligible.

For the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge, if the first toll bill is not paid by the customer, a $5 late fee will be imposed on the second notice. If a second notice is also ignored, violation fees of $100 per toll will be imposed.

The Thruway Authority aims to educate motorists about cashless tolling on the new bridge that includes:

New roadway signage: the 10 signs leading up to the bridge remind motorists of the toll and/or to call **826 to find out more information on how to pay if you don’t have E-ZPass®.

Updating the Thruway App and websites to direct users to update their address with DMV and enhancing the sections about paying tolls and avoiding fees and penalties. Toll By Mail bills are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. State law requires individuals to update their addresses within 10 days of moving.

Motorists can get E-ZPass® On-the-Go at one of about 780 retailers across the state. Register it February 1 through February 26 to receive a $10 account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway.

For more information, click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

ICYMI: Cool Views from around the Project Site

These sections of structural steel slated are the foundation for eastbound span deck panels that will have a one-inch polymer overlay for the driving surface and lane markings. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Did you miss this from the car? The new maintenance facility is coming along.

What you don’t see from the driver’s seat: the police barracks foundation is progressing on the southern side of the Thruway.

I thought this would become a new pier near the Rockland shoreline. Wrong. It’s the Rockland abutment for the eastbound span.

Mystery object with snow-covered land in the background. Can you tell what it is?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Toll Amnesty: Violation Fees temporarily Waived

One of two electronic toll gantries in Rockland activated in April 2016/© Janie Rosman 2016

Got fines? Now through February 21 you won’t have to pay those you incurred for ignoring toll violations issued between April 24, 2016, through the end of this month.

The Thruway Authority will forgive fines if you pay your bill in one fell swoop, per its recent press release:

Eligible motorists will receive a letter from the Thruway Authority and must pay all outstanding toll balances by February 21. The amnesty will then be applied to violation fees for passenger vehicles of Tolls By Mail customers with open violations that were issued between April 24, 2016, through January 31, 2018.

Folks, if you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag, and you drive under a gantry, then you will get a bill on the mail.

For the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge, if the first toll bill is not paid by the customer, a $5 late fee will be imposed on the second notice. If a second notice is also ignored, violation fees of $100 per toll will be imposed.

There’ll be additional and more concise signs on the road and on the Thruway app and website about tolls and how to pay them. Drivers can use the Tolls By Mail website, by mail, phone or in person and by check, credit card, checking account or cash. A text to **826 will return information about the Tolls By Mail website and payment details.

You never got a bill? Therein lies the rub. Best to get an E-ZPass® tag.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Flashback Friday: First Construction 66 Years Ago

then

Your eyes are joining the two sections of the main span in the image above, right? History is repeating, now with two spans and a modern, hi-tech, safer and more artistic bridge.

now

Crews started work on the Tappan Zee Bridge in March 1952; this past summer the first span of its replacement opened. Happy and healthy New Year to you!

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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