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New York State Thruway

The New York State Thruway or The Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway [1] is a controlled-access highway spanning over 500 miles within the US state of New York. It extends from the New York City line at Yonkers to the Pennsylvania state line at Ripley by way of Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo, and is considered as the fifth busiest toll road in the United States.

Toll sections on the New York State Thruway

The Thruway is part of Interstate 87 (I-87), I-90, and I-95.

New York State Thruway system
The New York-Ripley Mainline
The Garden State Parkway Connector
The Berkshire Connector
The New England Thruway (I-95)
The Niagara Thruway (I-190)
Cross-Westchester Expressway (I-287)

Toll free roads on the New York State Thruway

The Cross-Westchester Expressway and the section of the mainline in and around Buffalo are toll-free.
Toll Calculator also calculates tolls and gas trip expenses for Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway and Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway.

Tolling system at New York State Thruway

The New York State Thruway utilizes both the open (barrier-based) tolling system and closed (ticket-based) tolling.

Fixed Barrier (Open)Ticket System (Closed)
Grand Island Bridges (tonawanda/Niagara)Thruway Mainline Between Harriman Williamsville
New RochelleThruway from Lackawanna to the Pennsylvania State Line
Tappan Zee BridgeBerkshire Connector
Spring ValleyThe Garden State Parkway Connector
YonkersThe New England Thruway
Grand Island Bridges (Tonawanda/Niagara)The Niagara Thruway
Open (barrier) and closed (ticket-based) tolling systems on the the New York State Thruway
New York Toll Calculator calculates tolls and gas prices for the ticket based as well as for the fixed barriers based New York State Thruway roads.

How to pay toll on NY Thruway

Begining in late 2020, New York State Thruway Authority has implemented cashless tolling along the entire length of the New York State Thruway. With Cashless Tolling, all vehicles simply drive through a tolling gantry without the need to stop to pay the toll. This also means that cash is no longer accepted for toll payment at NY Thruway.

If you have E-ZPass, you could pay a toll on New York State Thruway using an E-ZPass (also popularly termed as EZ Pass) [2]. Be sure to mount your E-ZPass tag on the windshield and keep your license plates and payment information up to date on your account.

How to pay missed toll on NY Thruway

For motorists without an E-ZPass, NY Thruway uses Toll by Mail cashless tolling system [3]. If you do not have E-ZPass, an image of your license plate is captured and a Toll Bill is mailed to the registered owner’s address on file with DMV. The Tolls by Mail customers pay a 30% higher toll rate than the NY E-ZPass toll rate, in addition to a $2 administrative surcharge per billing statement. This is due to the time and cost associated with the process to identify vehicles that do not have the tag properly mounted or not detected in the vehicle.

Toll Bills are mailed approximately 30-40 days after your first date of travel. If you don’t want to wait for the Bill, you can search and pay for tolls by the license plate on the E-ZPass website [4]. Toll transactions are usually available approximately one week from the date of travel.

If you feel you have received a notice of violation notice in error, you may contact the Violations Processing Unit at:

E-ZPass Customer Service Center
P.O. Box 15186
Albany, NY 12212-5186

Also, E-ZPass customers who do not properly mount their E-ZPass tag, which results in their tag not reading properly while traveling on the Thruway, will be charged the Tolls by Mail toll rate. All E-ZPass NY customers with special discount plans will also be charged the Tolls by Mail rate when their tag is not read. To ensure you receive the E-ZPass NY discounted toll rate, mount your tag properly.

New York State Thruway Toll Calculator

Calculate tolls, fuel costs, and optimized routes for your travel by car, truck, taxi, bus, caravans (with or without a trailer) for NY Thruway and other toll bridges and tunnels in New York and nearby states using NY Thruway Trip Calculator. It also shows the cheapest, fastest, and other optimal routes to your destination along with toll plaza(s) location en route, payment methods, and more.

Rideshare, OEM, TMS, fleet companies, and other transport businesses can leverage toll intelligence by integrating with the TollGuru Toll API for pre-trip cost estimation and post-trip toll reconciliation in the New York area and the rest of the US.

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