MTA’s Cashless Tolling Transition Comes with “Major Security Component,” Including Facial Recognition Technology

The New York Times follows Governor Cuomo’s announcement that all MTA bridges and tunnels will be converted to cashless tolling, reporting that, “The announcement . . . also included a major security component: Mr. Cuomo said an extra 150 state troopers and 150 National Guard members will be placed at the ends of tunnels or bridges. Sensors and cameras will be suspended over the highway to capture E-ZPass transactions and record license plate numbers at each tolling site. Along with the additional security personnel, each crossing will incorporate new facial recognition software and equipment. “There are security concerns about our tunnels and bridges in this age of terrorist activity and lone wolves,” Mr. Cuomo said. “If you look at points of vulnerability, you’ll go to our tunnels and our bridges.”