Buffalo News Makes Hard Sell for Cashless Tolling in Upstate NY

The Buffalo News editorial board wants the New York Thruway to expand cashless tolling across the entire system and if not, they want Albany to step in. “There is no way that upstate drivers should be left to subsidize an antiquated, inefficient and frustrating toll system while commuters using the Tappan Zee Bridge and Manhattan crossings benefit from its advantages. Those benefits are obvious and can be sampled simply by driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike. With overhead monitors reading either transponders or license plates along the highway, no toll barriers slow or stop traffic. Instead, traffic moves. That’s safer, faster and cleaner with no idling cars and trucks spewing exhaust as they wait to pay the toll,” the editors contend.