2011-06-24 / Community

E-Z Pass Easier Than Ever

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is making it E-Zer than ever for motorists to enjoy the benefits of using E-ZPass by selling E-ZPass On The Go tags at New York City Transit Metrocard vans and in cash lanes at the Henry Hudson Bridge.

Beginning Monday, June 27th customers can purchase an On The Go tag at Henry Hudson Bridge cash lanes for their upcoming travel. The purchase price of $34 includes $30 for the On-the-Go tag kit and a $4 toll for the current trip. The E-ZPass tag can then be used to pay up to $30 worth of tolls if linked to a credit card or $20 in tolls and a $10 tag deposit if it is not.

B&T is also now selling E-ZPass On The Go tags at NYCT Metrocard vans in all five boroughs. In addition to these locations, the pre-packaged tags are also sold at 446 stores throughout New York City and Long Island. For locations click here: http://www.mta.info/bandt/onthego/r etail-locations.html

“We want our customers to get the best value for their money and experience the ease of using E-ZPass,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara. “There’s no form to fill out, no waiting for the tag to arrive in the mail or no need to stand in line at a walk-in center. All they have to do is pick up an On The Go tag and give it a try.”

The savings for MTA On The Go tag purchasers per trip is $1.70 at MTA’s major crossings, $1.80 at Henry Hudson, $1.45 at the Rockaways and $3.40 at the Verrazano-Narrows, where the toll is doubled and only collected in the westbound (Staten Island) direction.

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 not registered, it is deactivated.

The On The Go sales program at the Henry Hudson Bridge will be evaluated and if successful will be expanded to the agency’s remaining six bridges and two tunnels.

The program began as a pilot in 2008. Since it was made permanent in 2009 more than 100,000 On The Go tags have been purchased. In the first four months of this year since new toll rates went into effect increasing the E-ZPass discount over cash transactions, 79.4 percent of motorists were using E-ZPass or an average of about 583,000 vehicles daily.

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