Buffalo News Editors Press for Statewide Rollout of AET

The Buffalo News editorial board writes, “For a state that likes to think of itself as progressive, New York is far behind when it comes to toll collections on highways and bridges. Unlike many other highway systems that allow traffic to move at high speed through toll collection zones, the Thruway is still using a decades-old model [cash and E-ZPass]. It’s old technology — to the extent that it counts as technology at all — and functions as a frustration, a disincentive and, under some crowded conditions, a hazard.” The editors note that New York City tunnels and bridges are in the process of being converted, and comment, “[t]here is no good reason for New York to be dragging its feet” on a similar conversion of the state’s entire toll road system.