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New tolls at Grand Island Bridge could lead to job loss

Posted at 11:20 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 23:23:44-04

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the Grand Island Bridge would be undergoing some changes. The tolls are changing to become 100% automated. 

There will be a set of cameras that now run along the top of the entrance to the bridge. Instead of having to stop to go through the toll, cars can maintain normal speed as a camera will either scan an E-Z Pass tag, or take a picture of your license plate and send you a bill for the cost of the toll. 

If a driver does not have E-Z pass they will have to pay more than the current one dollar fee due to postage costs of the bill. 

Eliminating toll booths will also cause jobs to be lost. The new toll system does not require an employee to be at the bridge. 

The current plan is for the tolls to be completed by February or March of this year.

We reached out Teamsters Local 72 which represents toll workers in Western New York and they have yet to get back to us.