Goethals Bridge Now Safer: Cashless Tolling, Wider Lanes Credited With Fewer Accidents


Cashless tolling and wider lanes have made the Goethals Bridge a safer place for motorists, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.

Crashes on the span, which links Elizabeth with Staten Island, New York, have declined by 57% since the agency completed its $1.5 billion improvements, the agency said.

“In 2019, the accident rate on the new Goethals Bridge was 2.29 per million vehicles, down from 5.37 per million vehicles in 2014,” the agency said. The reduction occurred despite an increase of more than 7 million vehicles annually by 2019 at the crossing since 2014.

Cashless tolling allows motorists to maintain speed and lanes while overhead sensors deduct tolls for E-ZPass account holders. Photos are taken of license plates on vehicles that don’t have E-ZPass and motorists are mailed a bill.

The agency plans to increase cashless tolling at its other crossings.

“In the long term, we believe this trend will continue not only at the Staten Island crossings but at the trans-Hudson crossings as we continue to roll out cashless tolling at the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and George Washington Bridge by 2021,” said executive director Rick Cotton.



  1. ………And New Yorkers and New Jersiers think it’s normal to pay tolls drive around the 2 states. Tipshim! The idiot DemocRAT elected official have you brainwashed!!! A toll is just a fancy word for another Tax.. This is highway robbery! Where else in the US do you have to pay on a daily basis to use the highways and all the public roads? Wake up Yidden!!
    Elect a Republican or two and you will see a big difference in the way your city and state are run.
    Next tax: Plastic bags. And you have to pay for them too. Keep voting for the DemocRATs, you deserve what you get!!!

  2. Drug…in LA; Speaking from LA in The Peoples Republic of California that’s pretty rich.
    In NY we’ve had more Republicans in recent decades than LA or Cali, such as 3 term governer Pataki and 2 term mayor Giuliani and even Bloomberg was a Republican his first term. Also Christi was governer in New Jersey.
    Those days are over though for the foreseeable future as conservatives flee the northeast for low tax red states and hipsters flee red states and move to Brooklyn.