ST. IGNACE, MI – A longstanding practice at the Mackinac Bridge is coming to an end.
Bridge tokens, which have been issued in several different versions over the years, will soon no longer be accepted at toll lanes due to dwindling use, the Mackinac Bridge Authority announced Tuesday.
The new policy was adopted in July and will begin on Sept. 10 so anyone with remaining tokens should use them soon.
“We currently only see two or three customers use tokens to pay the toll each day and we only sell a few of our commemorative token sets,” said MBA Executive Secretary Kim Nowack. “Most customers still pay tolls with cash, MacPass cards, and increasingly with credit cards.”
The MBA has issued many different versions of the tokens over the years in rolls of 24.
And while they soon won’t be usable at the bridge, the MBA will continue to sell commemorative tokens such as those memorializing people like “Father of the Mackinac Bridge” Prentiss Brown and bridge designer David Steinman.
Eight different designs released in honor of ferries that operated in the Straits of Mackinac will also still be available.
“We encourage customers to either use their remaining tokens over the next few weeks, redeem them later at the bridge office, or hold on to them as the collectors’ items they will become,” Nowack said.