From the Morning Memo:

The state Thruway Authority’s push to recoup some of its money lost through cashless tolling in an amnesty program is a credit positive, according to an analysis by Moody’s Investors Service.

The firm found the amnesty program would allow the state to recoup some of the $8 million in uncollected tolls, allowing users who cross the replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge, known as the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, to waive fees for violations if unpaid tolls are settled by Feb. 26.

At the same time, once the cashless tolling program was in place, revenues on the new bridge rose to $80 million, a 9 percent increase, between April 2016 and September 2017, while traffic also grew by 2.5 percent.

Still, Moody’s expects an expansion of cashless tolling to create a challenge for the authority in the future.

The $8 million in uncollected toll revenue reflects 4 percent of revenues at the bridge since September.

“Uncollected tolls have the potential to become an even greater challenge as the cashless system is expanded across the authority’s entire 570-mile system by 2020,” the report found.