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Cashless tolls on MTA bridges and tunnels coming in 2017

NEW YORK — Beginning in 2017, drivers will no longer have to stop and pay at MTA bridges and tunnels.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to adopt automatic or "open road" tolling to increase traffic flow for millions of travelers, thus eliminating  MTA toll booths.

If you have an EZ pass, it will be scanned. And if you don't, a camera will take a picture of your license plate and you will be mailed a bill.

Automatic tolling is projected to save commuters up to 21 hours of drive time every year, according to Cuomo. Additionally, automatic tolling reduces emissions and significantly decreases the amount of fuel by drivers.

Tolling will begin at select bridges in January and be completed on all MTA-operated bridges by the end of next year, Cuomo said.