Cash tolls on NJ Turnpike, Parkway one step closer to oblivion
Cash tolls will join tokens as a relic of the past on the Garden State Parkway as the Turnpike Authority takes a major step towards cashless tolls.
The Board of Trustees approved a $914 million contract Tuesday for TransCore of Nashville to design, install and operate a cashless system for 8 years on the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
The company won a contract Thursday from the South Jersey Transportation Authority to make the Atlantic City Expressway cashless by 2025, which helped TransCore get the Turnpike Authority's approval.
"There's some benefit to having the same technology on both roads," Turnpike Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney said.
The Parkway will be the first highway to go cash-free. The road's toll plazas already have gantries that allow drivers to maintain high speed as their E-ZPass reader is scanned.
Feeney said about 90% of both Turnpike and Parkway already pay electronically.
The Authority has yet to decide if the Turnpike will also use a gantry system or upgrade the existing lanes and continue to accept cash.
There's no timetable for when cash collections would be completely eliminated from the Parkway but nothing is expected until at least 2025 or 2026.
"We've got 49 tolling locations on the Parkway. It's a huge undertaking and there's a lot of planning and design and construction that would have to happen before you get around to installing the equipment that was bought under that contract," Feeney said.
TransCore will install the cameras, servers, sensors and other equipment for whichever option is decided for the Turnpike.