Last Monday, a number of state, local and federal Western New York officials called on the New York State Thruway Authority to dedicate funding to transition the toll plazas in Williamsville and Lackawanna to electronic tolling. The state announced last week that it is moving forward with a cashless tolling system on the Grand Island Bridge.

Congressman Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo), New York State Senators Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) and Chris Jacobs (R-Buffalo), Assemblymember Ray Walter (R- Amherst) and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa said that cashless tolling will eliminate traffic congestion, reduce pollution and make the Thruway safer and easier to navigate for drivers.