Turnpike Authority plans to end certain E-Z Pass discount rates

The Turnpike Authority unveiled plans Tuesday to eliminate E-Z Pass discount rates for some customers who drive the Turnpike during off-peak hours.

The possible elimination of the discount could translate to a rate hike of about 34 percent, Turnpike officials said.

The customers who would be subject to the rate hikes are those who have E-Z Pass accounts through agencies other than New Jersey E-Z Pass. Examples include the Port Authority and the M.T.A., among others.

Those whose accounts are not through New Jersey E-Z Pass would not be subject to the rate hikes.

Public hearings on the planned hike will take place before the authority commissioners vote on its possible implementation. No meeting dates have been scheduled yet.

If the commissioners approve the plan, the rate hikes could go into effect as early as July, according to Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney.

The higher rates could result in an additional $16 million in revenues.

For example, the E-Z Pass rate from Route 195 to Interchange 14 in Newark go up from $3 to $4.

The rate hike would apply only to passenger vehicles, and not vehicles like tractor trailers.

Off-peak hours are midnight to 7 a.m.; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

Approximately 51 percent of E-Z Pass customers have E-Z Pass accounts through agencies other than New Jersey E-Z Pass.

http://www.politickernj.com/46276/christie-lauds-toll-bridge-commission-abolishing-e-z-pass-perks 

 

Turnpike Authority plans to end certain E-Z Pass discount rates