New Jersey Port Authority E-ZPass Would Lose Discount Under Turnpike Authority Plan

WOODBRIDGE, NJ (WCBS 880) – A plan to raise more money for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority by ending a discount for out-of-staters will actually hurt some New Jerseyans.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With The Bummer For Some New Jerseyans

Currently, all E-ZPass customers get discounts when going through toll plazas during off-peak hours on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

The Turnpike Authority wants to end discount for those who get their E-ZPass tags from non New Jersey agencies.

Well, under the current plan, many New Jerseyans would be hurt because the E-Pass tags from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey would not be exempt, even though the Garden State is half of that agency.

“[It’s] a bit troublesome considering that the Port Authority does provide significant transportation and infrastructure benefits to the state of New Jersey,” says the Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s Janna Chernetz.

The Turnpike Authority thinks ending off-peak discounts would bring in an additional $16 million a year.

“The toll proceeds from the elimination of the off-peak discounts are just going to further fund wasteful and ineffective projects,” says Chernetz.

She says extra revenue will go to road widening projects on the Parkway and Turnpike.

Customers of the Delaware River Bay Authority, Delaware River Port Authority, Burlington County Bridge Commission, and the South Jersey Transportation Authority would still get the discount.

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One Comment

  1. Gloria Guerriera says:

    When you talk about a government agency, weither quasi, semi or any other sort they are still govrnment agencies. And as thus are in existence for one reason only. To spend whatever moneies they are allowed to collect from the public in the nost ineffective and squanderous manner. They say one thing and then turn around and do the exact oppisite. Save money, that’s a joke, all you have to do is look at the salary the executives of these “quasi” government agencies pull down. That should tell you more than they ever want you to know. Look at how the Easter weekend tollbooths at the Outherbbidge crossing was handled. No one will be punished for that fiasco By now it is all forgotten..

  2. HooDatIS? says:

    this is stupid we have to pay to travel state to state so stupid

  3. Tolls are BS! says:

    This whole thing is nothing but a BIG sham on the people! EZ Pass was supposed to save money by eliminating the employee, less overhead, but the opposite is happening. All a bunch of BS. They have reduced the cost of manpower by lowing the number of workers required, but the costs keep going up. When the manpower was reduced, there should have been a lowering of tolls. Want proof how much BS this is, look at all the other states in this country that do not have tolls and have better roads then we do! If they can do it, so can we.

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