MTA Presentation on Third-Party Interface Program for NYC Congestion Tolling

TBTA Announces a Third-Party Interface Program Forum for The Central Business District Tolling Program

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA or Authority) [also known as MTA Bridges & Tunnels, or MTA B&T], a public benefit corporation organized under the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York, is in the process of developing a Third-Party Interface Program for The Central Business District Tolling Program.

The MTA Reform and Traffic Mobility Act (the Act) authorized TBTA to establish a Central Business District (CBD) Tolling Program in Manhattan to toll vehicles entering or remaining in the CBD with the primary goals of reducing congestion and generating revenue for the MTA’s Capital Plan. The Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP) goals and objectives are intended to reduce congestion and improve mass transit, bettering the quality of life for everyday New Yorkers and the tens of millions of visitors that come to New York City each year.

As part of the CBDTP Design Build Operate and Maintain contract, the Toll Collection System (TCS) Contractor is required to implement, manage and maintain a Third-Party Interface that will establish a technical framework for Mobility Service Providers (MSPs) to offer their services and exchange information with the CBD Toll Collection System. The Third-Party Interface framework does not prescribe a method for detecting and reporting toll events. Instead, it leaves it to the MSPs who may implement their own solutions (e.g., smartphone geo-fencing apps and edge IoT devices). Potential service providers include a broad set of stakeholders, from commercial fleet management system operators, map providers, toll aggregators, and shared-mobility companies, among others. With a better than a 95% market penetration rate at TBTA facilities, it is anticipated that E-ZPass technology will be the primary mechanism for CBDTP revenue collection. The objective of including Mobility Service Providers in the CBDTP is to better meet the needs of those not using E-ZPass, while reducing Authority expenses.

The Authority has developed a presentation to be shared at the Third Party Interface Program Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to share information about the proposed application and certification process for the Third-Party Interface Program, as well as gather information and feedback from the industry to assist TBTA in finalizing its plans for this Program. Beginning April 8, 2020, vendors can download the presentation and the vendor survey from MTA B&T’s website:

Survey should be completed and submitted by May 7, 2020.

Vendors are advised that participation in the survey is not a requirement of the application and certification process. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Gore at