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New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) Cashless Tolling

Replacing toll booths with cashless gantries along 570 miles of the New York State Thruway required both skill and creativity

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  • New York State

    New York State

Saying goodbye to toll booths creates more efficient and safer travel

In 2016, the New York State Thruway Authority’s (NYSTA) started the implementation of cashless (electronic) tolling at the Mario M. Cuomo bridge and other toll barriers across the state. In the 2018 State of the State address, it was announced that cashless tolling would be implemented on the rest of the Thruway system by the end of 2020.

As lead designer of NYSTA’s design-build implementation of cashless tolling, we overcame several challenges. As COVID-19 restrictions all but eliminated the traditional design-build in person oversight, optimizing our approach was essential. We used real-time cloud-based quality assurance, quality control, and constructability reviews of design packages and video meetings to include more participants and streamline the effort. Since traffic needed to remain undisturbed during construction, efficiencies to maintain the aggressive schedule included consolidating gantry design to just five types, minimizing manufacturers’ set-up time, and seven separate design teams working simultaneously.

Now complete, enhanced safety and environmental benefits were realized through the implementation of cashless tolling. The gantries’ smaller footprint than the toll booths allowed the return of 37 acres of paved surfaces to their former pervious condition, reducing stormwater runoff, and eliminating traffic idling at the toll booths reduced fuel consumption and air pollution.

At a Glance

  • New York State Thruway Authority
New York State Thruway Authority’s $355 Million cashless tolling project now operational
2022 ACEC of New York Engineering Excellence Awards, Diamond Award, Category H: Transportation
2022 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards, National Recognition Award
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Robert Cartwright , Senior Principal, Transportation

I get a great deal of satisfaction from matching our project staff to the client’s specific needs, ensuring successful, quality projects.
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Paul J. Bohl, Vice President, Transportation

Transportation design is more than roadway design. It involves consideration of the complete street—for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and the surrounding environment.
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Dennis O'Brien, Vice President, Transportation

Whether by bus, train, car, or airplane, our designs connect communities through transportation infrastructure.
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Lisa Westrick, Principal, Transportation

I’m passionate about solving problems and balancing the puzzle of how to best meet the needs, and wish list, of a client and the community.

Robert Cody, Project Manager

I get satisfaction from delving into a project’s critical path, then solving the inherent challenges through appropriately scaled engineering.

Matthew Conley, Associate

I love being able to develop creative solutions to clients’ problems, whether on smaller local jobs or larger state projects.

Chris Carter, Associate, Structural Engineer

My structural design skills and my bridge inspection skills go hand-in-hand; one informs the other, enhancing my work on all projects.
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Robert Cartwright

Senior Principal, Transportation

Paul J. Bohl

Vice President, Transportation

Dennis O'Brien

Vice President, Transportation

Lisa Westrick

Principal, Transportation

Robert Cody

Project Manager

Matthew Conley


Chris Carter

Associate, Structural Engineer

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