Goodbye toll booths

The NYS Thruway toll booths at Exit 48 in Batavia have been removed and construction of the entrance to the Thruway was still ongoing as of Wednesday afternoon.

BATAVIA — A 67-year-old ritual has officially gone the way of the dinosaurs in Batavia.

Workers spent part of Wednesday working amid what had once been the toll booths at the Thruway interchange. They’ve been replaced by steel electronic gantries with cameras.

The gantries will eventually be a part of every such Thruway interchange statewide, and the toll booths themselves are gradually dwindling in number.

Cashless tolling took effect in November as part of a $355 million project. Drivers pass beneath the electronic gantries, where their E-ZPass tags are scanned.

Those without an E-ZPass will have their license plates photographed, and the vehicle’s registered owner will receive a bill in the mail.

The switch to cashless tolling is expected to ease traffic congestion at toll plazas and reduce the time vehicles spend idling as drivers wait in line, state officials said last year as the new system went into effect.

E-ZPass units are sold at 900 retail locations across the state, including participating grocery and convenience stores, or can be ordered online at E-ZPassNY.com or by calling 800-333-TOLL (8655). E-ZPass is also sold at state Department of Motor Vehicles and other government offices.

Le Roy’s toll booths currently remain standing.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1