Automated bridge tolls working well

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HIGHLAND – The overnight automated toll collections on the Bear Mountain, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridges are working better than the New York State Bridge Authority anticipated when they first implemented them last year, according authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero.
The program was put in place as a cost-saving measure, Ruggiero noted, and there have been virtually no issues with it.
“We have the gate that still comes down so if there is somebody having a problem at the automatic toll payment machine, they can interact with our central command center and we are able to assist the customer remotely and we have had hardly any problems with folks paying,” he said.
Customers without E-ZPass may pay their tolls with, E-ZPass, a credit
or debit card on those bridges during the overnight hours.