THOUSAND ISLANDS BRIDGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Cars traveling over the Thousand Islands Bridge can now use E-ZPass to pay for their toll. E-ZPasses go on the windshield.
“It’s something our customers asked for and wanted and on day one, we were amazed at how many people actually had it, way more than we thought would have,” said Tim Sturick, deputy executive director, Thousand Islands Bridge Authority.
The upgrade has been a long time coming. It’s a $10 million project that has been in the works for 6 years. The E-ZPass is especially popular with people from out of state.
“Pennsylvania, New Jersey, a lot of the out of staters. They are used to using it where they live and now they can use it here as well,” said Sturick.
And there is another change at the bridge effecting people who travel over it frequently.
Thousand Islands Bridge Authority is also switching over from trip card to trip tags for the discounted fare program.
The new tags are similar to E-ZPasses and go on the windshield.
“We can reload in the car now. So when the person runs out of trips, they can just drive up say, you’re out of trips. Do you want to reload it? Yes, and it keeps going. With the cards they had to turn in their old one they had to get a new one every time. Now it’s just more convenience that that sticker is right there on your windshield,” said Sturick.
Sturick says the passes have been improving traffic flow since fewer people are stopping to pull out money.
“People are happy that they don’t have to pay cash as much,” said Sturick.
But if you’re old school, you can still pay cash.