2009-11-20 / Community

MTA Introduces E-ZPass On The Go

Motorists who enjoy the convenience of being able to purchase pre-paid EZPass toll tags at 320 small retail stores throughout New York City and Long Island, now account for nearly 20 percent of all MTA Bridges and Tunnels' new E-ZPass account signups. MTA's pre-packaged electronic toll tag saves customers time and provides a 17 percent discount at major crossings; that's a savings of 93 cents per trip.

Since the introduction of the On-the- Go tag program at the MTA in February 2008, some 33,400 pre-packaged and pre-paid electronic toll tags have been sold.

"The On-the-Go program has been an invaluable tool in attracting new EZPass customers," said Bridges and Tunnels President Susan Kupferman. "They try it, overwhelmingly like it and become regular E-ZPass customers."

The tag is accepted at MTA's seven bridges and two tunnels as well as 22 other agencies in 14 states from Maine to Virginia and west from New York City to Chicago. In addition to saving time and money, E-ZPass tag holders will also save gas.

On-the-Go tags can be purchased for $30 at a wide variety of retail locations including gas stations, check-cashing stores, convenience stores, grocery stores and pharmacies. It is also sold at the New York City Transit Museum's two locations at Grand Central Terminal and in Brooklyn. A complete list of retailers can be found a t http://www.mta.info/bandt/onthego/on thego.html

Here's how it works: After purchasing the tag at a local retailer, motorists can immediately use up to $20 to pay tolls. The other $10 is a deposit on the tag. Once the tag has been used for the first time, customers have 48 hours to register it at: www.ezpassny.com or by calling the toll-free number 1-800- 333-TOLL. If the tag is linked to a credit card, the $10 tag deposit also becomes available for toll use. If the account is replenished by check or cash, then $10 remains as a deposit for the tag.

Since MTA introduced E-ZPass technology to regional motorists in 1995, its customer base has continued to climb. Today, MTA has 3.2 million tags in use, which keeps traffic flowing through toll plazas and helps the environment by reducing emissions from idling cars. In order to receive the EZPass discount at MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities, tags must be registered through the New York Customer Service Center.

For general information about EZPass, visit the website at: www.ezpassny.com or call 1-800-333- TOLL.

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