AC Expressway expected to begin transition to cashless toll collection late this year

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SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey transportation officials want to get rid of the toll plazas on the Atlantic City Expressway and install a cashless toll collection system similar to what is already in place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

“New Jersey has really been the donut hole for all electronic tolling in our area,” said South Jersey Transportation Authority Executive Director Stephen Dougherty.

The South Jersey Transportation Authority has submitted a proposal to go cashless on the AC Expressway by summer 2025.

“We think it’s ultimately going to provide a better customer service experience for those driving the expressway, reducing congestion,” Dougherty said.

The toll plazas at Egg Harbor and Pleasantville will eventually be torn down. Dougherty described the order of operations: “The barrier plazas will stay in place until we go live and get through our punch list items on the all electronic tolling infrastructure and the actual collection there. And then we’ll start to remove those barrier plazas, specifically the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza and the Pleasantville Plaza, sometime shortly thereafter, probably into the fall.”

He says the physical location of the new toll infrastructure will likely be not far from where the current toll plazas are.

E-ZPass customers won’t see any change in billing.

No E-ZPass? No problem.

“The vehicle that goes through, they will receive a bill in the mail to the address to which that car is registered,” Dougherty said.

And they will pay administrative fees in addition to the toll.

Work will likely begin later this year, mostly during the off season to cut down on summer traffic delays.

When asked for the number of jobs that would be eliminated by going cashless, Dougherty could not provide an answer.

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