Pataki Seeks Speedier E-ZPass

The 10-year old E-ZPass system which uses electronic devices to read windshield tags and automatically bill drivers' accounts is a success.
August 6, 2003, 1pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Despite a bumpy start, however, the collection system has largely been a success. There are now 5.1 million E-ZPass tags in use in New York. Drivers can go from Boston to Washington, D.C. using the same tag. New Hampshire and Maine are expected to join the system next year. And yesterday, Governor George E. Pataki said he had ordered state transportation officials 'to embark on major improvements' to the system, including making it so that drivers may someday not have to slow down when paying tolls.'I have now directed Thruway officials to start implementing new advances such as higher-speed and highway-speed E-ZPass to make travel even safer and easier for all travelers,' Mr. Pataki said in a written statement.Terry O'Brien, a spokesman for the New York State Thruway Authority, said it was all part of the governor's plan 'to make it a priority to take the next quantum leap in using this as a traffic management tool.'"

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Published on Monday, August 4, 2003 in The New York Times
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