Thursday, December 8, 2016
No more cash at the QMT
From DNA Info:
Drivers heading from Manhattan to Queens or vice versa through the Queens Midtown Tunnel won't be able to pay cash for the toll in early 2017, according to a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
All toll plazas of the tunnel will go cashless in January, a change that the MTA says will result in a smoother tunnel experience for all, according to Joyce Mulvaney, the agency’s director of community affairs.
The new policy will not affect drivers who already use E-ZPass.
But those who don't will have their license plate photographed by cameras installed at the toll plazas and get a bill in the mail within 30 days.
The MTA has agreements with out-of-state DMVs to send the bill to non-New York drivers, according to MTA spokesman Christopher McKniff.
The toll for E-ZPass drivers is $5.54. For everyone else, it's $8. Vehicles are tolled in both directions.
Drivers who fail to pay the toll on time will receive a $100 violation. Ongoing failure to pay will mean having the bill referred to a collections agency, with the possibility of civil lawsuits, McKniff said.