I'm going to be in upstate New York and adjacent areas, and I'm getting antsy about the Thruway because we don't have turnpikes in California.
How does it work? Is there an electronic pass or other automated ticket to buy at the beginning of my trip and use at toll stations along the way, or do I get a ticket at the beginning and pay when I exit?
The last time I drove on a toll road was in Illinois about 10 years ago, and I was constantly hassling with finding exact change because payment was required at stations along the way. Most of them were unmanned and I didn't know if there were electronic passes.
How does it work when I get off and then back on the Thruway, for instance, in Buffalo where there are regular freeways that link segments of the Thruway?
I will be going into Pennsylvania and returning another day. Does the toll road continue over the state line? If there is a pass to buy and I don't use the entire amount, can I use it on the return trip?
Thanks for any help! I hope I'm making my questions clear enough. The only tolls we pay in California are for bridges, and there's one collection, either at the entrance or the exit.