Archive for the ‘E-ZPass®’ Tag

Five Dollars for the Next 16 Months, and Then?

“We don’t know how much we will we get from the federal government, how much we will get from the state; there are state loans and grants we can access,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said nearly four years ago.

He was fielding questions about tolls and the task force he proposed in 2012 to address them while in Piermont to greet the newly-arrived super crane.

“Additional unknowns are the built-in contract incentives for Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) to finish the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later. Once you have those numbers, then you can come up with a plan about how to do it, what commuters should pay, on-hour, off-hour, etc.,” he said.

The governor assured the task force will be formed “I think within the next year, certainly,” and commuters “should have to pay as little as possible.” Rumors have been that tolls could run as high as $14 per vehicle, but state officials have downplayed that possibility.

When asked about fares on the new bridge during last week’s primary debate with Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo reiterated Thruway tolls will remain the same until at least 2020; fees going forward would depend on the state’s finances at the time. No mention of the task force that, per the Journal News, has disappeared.

What happened to those additional unknowns Cuomo cited four years ago? What happened to potential commuter discount options and a resident discount program? By the way, it’s coming around to fall 2018. Does this mean penalties for TZC will be factored into the new bridge’s tolls?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Cynthia Nixon on Tolls, Transparency, TZB Name

In Tarrytown, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon and NYS Assemblyman Tom Abinanti discuss the bridge, govt. transparency and other issues./© J Rosman 2018

NYS Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (92nd AD) and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon discussed tolls, names and more yesterday against a backdrop of the remaining Tappan Zee Bridge and the new Cuomo Bridge.

The “more” was your intrepid reporter asking Nixon, an education activist, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award-winning actress, about the path that will disrupt South Nyack a second time and for which crews will begin prep work next week.

“What most people use is transit and roadways, and the Tappan Zee Bridge is part of that system,” Abinanti said, endorsing Nixon for governor. He said the project has been shrouded in secrecy, and media have been unable to access information re funding, construction and time schedules.

“When I was a kid, my mother worked at Lamont-Doherty (Earth Observatory), and I spent a lot of time in Rockland,” Nixon told the group. “There are a lot of bad feelings about the way the Tappan Zee Bridge was renamed, so hastily, without community participation.”

The late Mario Cuomo “was a beloved governor, and I don’t think it’s out of place to name some important landmark in New York after him,” she said. “I’m not sure this was the right way to do it, without community participation, without the community weighing in.”

Nixon wants more transparency about the Cuomo Bridge’s cost, what the tolls will be and the plans for mass transit across 3.1-mile spans in addition to buses.

While tolls are frozen until 2020, costs beyond and discounts for Westchester and Rockland residents who cross for work or leisure remain unknown.

“I think getting rid of the toll takers was very hastily done, and the company given the contract has a troubling record in other parts of the country,” Nixon said. “At a time when there is great concern about identity theft and people using others’ private information, I think we need greater transparency and accountability when you’re dealing with citizens’ private information.”

I asked about how to preserve South Nyack from the impending construction when a side path is built next to the Esposito Trail. Nixon said the administration didn’t take the village into account when plans were made.

“We needed more community involvement,” she said. “We have such beauty in the state, and yet we see gentrification that is not making New York for the people who are living in those communities.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Got Toll Violation Fees? They’re Now Halved.

Those who didn’t pay tolls at the new bridge can relax and save the other half of the once-$100 violation fee as it’s been reduced to $50.

Better yet, pay the toll at the bridge or get an E-ZPass® tag.

The Thruway Authority adjusted the penalty after collecting more than $1.4 million in unpaid tolls from Tolls by Mail customers, thanks to the tolling Amnesty Program earlier this year and reviews of cashless tolls collections. More than a quarter of a million — sounds better than 281,000 — violations were resolved.

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 $50 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

Last Week for Cashless Toll Violation Amnesty

New signs that 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 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 until next Monday.

The Thruway Authority’s amnesty program for Tolls by Mail cashless tolling customers who travel between Westchester and Rockland started January 22 and ends February 26. If you received a letter from the Thruway Authority in early February indicating you have a balance, then you were given directions for paying it and having your fees waived via this web page.

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.

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.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Got toll fees? They’re waived thru February 26

If you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag and drove under either cashless tolling gantry near South Nyack, then here’s good news: through February 26, 2018, you can pay bills issued between April 2016, and January 31, 2018, without additional fees at this dedicated website.

While you’re at it, sign up for E-ZPass® and register your new tag from February 1 through February 26 to qualify for account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway during the next six months.

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

Toll violation amnesty applies to drivers who paid their toll bills and have outstanding violations or fees, are on a payment plan or have a suspended registration or were referred to the DMV for that reason.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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