You won't be able to use Mackinac Bridge tokens soon

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 15:02:39-04

(WXYZ) — If you have any Mackinac Bridge tokens, you will have to use them soon. On Tuesday, the Mackinac Bridge Authority said it will no longer accept bridge tokens beginning Sept. 10.

According to the MBA, very few tokens have been redeemed in recent years, and in July, they decided to end their use in toll lanes because of declining use.

“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 authority has issued tokens over the years available in rolls of 24. You can still buy commemorative token sets of two, which memorialize different people and designs honoring the Mackinac Straits ferries. They are available here.

“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.