ALBANY, NY (WKBW)--
Beginning Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 12:01 a.m., motorists who are issued toll tickets along the 70-mile Erie Section of the New York State Thruway Authority will notice a new size and design. There is no change in the toll structure.
This is a pilot project to field test a replacement for outdated technology that now leaves the printing on some toll tickets blurry and more difficult for toll collectors to process.
The equipment and tickets the Thruway Authority has been using are more than 15 years old. Not only is the current equipment starting to wear out and require more frequent maintenance, it has become increasingly difficult to find replacement parts or to repair failed components. The new toll tickets will be easier for Thruway customers to read and easier for the updated equipment to process.
The Erie Section of the Thruway extends 70 miles, from Exit 61 (Ripley, Pennsylvania State Line) to Exit 55 (Lackawanna) on I-90.
The new toll tickets are smaller. Each ticket is pre-printed with the toll fares for passenger vehicles (Class 2L), the most common users of the Thruway system.
For all vehicles – including passenger vehicles – the classification will be encoded on the ticket at the point of entry for the Thruway system. Upon exiting, the motorist will see the toll due displayed on an electronic signboard after the toll collector inserts the coded toll ticket into an electronic reader.
If the motorist requests a paper receipt, the toll fare will be imprinted on the receipt.
Depending on the findings during the pilot project, the new technology could be applied along the remainder of the Thruway system. The pilot project tentatively is scheduled to last one year.