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Thruway Authority strikes deal with Ontario to get cashless toll bills into Canada

Motorists from the Canadian province of Ontario will no longer be able to get a free ride when driving on New York highways where cashless tolling is in place.

The NYS Thruway Authority announced Thursday it reached an agreement with the Ontario government to access the addresses of residents. It can now mail them bills after they travel in the state.

New York is working to implement cashless tolling along Interstate 90 and payments still currently need to be made through EZ Pass or at the booths. However, the technology is already live at the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York City, fixed-price toll barriers in the lower Hudson Valley, and the Grand Island bridges in Western New York.

The inability to send bills to Canadian drivers had become especially apparent in WNY as many drivers travel the Grand Island bridges after crossing the borders at Buffalo, Lewiston and Niagara Falls.

“The Thruway in Western New York is a gateway for Canadians and New York motorists who frequently travel between our two countries,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matt Driscoll said. “We thank the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for their cooperation in establishing this important agreement. Ontario motorists who travel over the Grand Island Bridges have numerous options to pay their tolls and this agreement enables all drivers who travel through a cashless tolling facility on the Thruway to receive a bill in the mail.”

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