The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey yesterday took a step toward cashless tolling at its six state border crossings. The agency approved the design and construction of a new $175 million toll collection system at its monthly board meeting.

The new system will have the capability to handle E-ZPass and cash collections as well as all-electronic collections that use cameras to read license plates and bill drivers. While a decision hasn’t been made to actually use cashless tolling — also known as open-road tolling — the Port Authority said in a press release that such a system would enhance regional mobility, reduce emissions, and eliminate lane closing due to equipment problems.

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