Buffalo News Editorial: Thruway Authority needs to speed up the transition to electronic collection

For a state that likes to think of itself as progressive, New York is far behind when it comes to toll collections on highways and bridges.

Unlike many other highway systems that allow traffic to move at high speed through toll collection zones, the Thruway is still using a decades-old model that requires drivers either to stop to hand cash to a toll taker or to slow to 20 mph – or even 5 mph – to use the E-ZPass system. It’s old technology – to the extent that it counts as technology at all – and functions as a frustration, a disincentive and, under some crowded conditions, a hazard.

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