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The state's first automated toll-collecting system began in August 1993 on the New York State Thruway at the Spring Valley (Rockland Co) barrier. An electronic tag attached to a vehicle is scanned at the tollbooth, letting motorists drive through at 5 mph (8 kph) without stopping; the toll is electronically subtracted from the motorist's prepaid E-Z Pass account. Dedicated lanes can handle 900 cars an hour, compared to 400 for automated coin machines and 250 for cash booths. The original toll system was developed by Dallas-based Amtech Corp. E-Z Pass was introduced in New York City in 1995. The system was installed on the entire New York State Thruway by February 1997. By March 1997 the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority had issued 570,000 tags, and E-Z Pass was being used on the Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway, Cross Bay, Throgs Neck, Bronx-Whitestone, Henry Hudson, and Triborough Bridges and the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown Tunnels. As of 2002, the East Coast E-Z Pass network covered seven states, from Maine to West Virginia, with more than 6 million participating motorists. E-Z Pass is administered by the Regional Consortium, consisting of area transportation agencies, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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