Ready or not, here they come – Grand Island tolls go cashless in just a few weeks

February 22, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

If you’ve driven over Grand Island recently, you probably noticed the cashless tolling gantries are being installed.

The Grand Island toll barriers are scheduled to go cashless in March.

Vehicles with E-ZPass tags are automatically charged, and vehicles without a tag have their license plate photographed and a toll bill will then be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. The transition to cashless tolling will not affect the Grand Island resident discount program.

It’s a move that is hoped will decrease congestion, while also cutting pollution due to the decrease in idling. This move, according to the New York State Thruway Authority, will save drivers approximately 200 minutes per year.

In 2016, approximately 23.7 million vehicles traveled through the Grand Island Toll Barriers, which translates to nearly 65,000 vehicles per day.

Grand Island will become the New York State Thruway Authority’s second all cashless tolling location. The first cashless tolling gantry was implemented on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in 2016.

Learn more about the transition to cashless tolling on Grand Island HERE:



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    So if you are an expert pass cardholder do you still have to display your tag to be read?

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    So if you are an expert pass cardholder do you still have to display your tag to be read?

  3. Mary Friona

    yes you do.

  4. Mary Friona

    yes you do.

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