INWOOD — Your cash is no good on the Henry Hudson Bridge.
Commuters driving between the Bronx and Manhattan are no longer able to use their dollars and cents to pay, but instead must use E-ZPass to pay $2.20 to cross the three-lane toll. The new system was enacted Saturday night, making Monday the first commuting day under the new plan.
Drivers who pass through the tollbooth without paying will be mailed a bill for $4 with a photo of their license plate snapped while crossing the toll.
The bridge is the first in the city to become cashless, according to the MTA.
The MTA began moving toward its cashless toll system on the bridge in 2011, when it first removed foam gates on the bridge, allowing drivers with an E-ZPass to drive through at 15 mph without stopping.
"There's a better way to collect tolls in the 21st century, and it's called all-electronic tolling," Jay Walder, the MTA's former chairman, said in January 2011. "By removing the gate arms...we begin the process of ushering in this new era in toll collection.”
MTA officials said the move toward the cashless system would reduce travel times for drivers and expenses for the MTA.