2012-04-20 / Community

Rockaway Bridges Sell ‘EZ-Pass On-The-Go’

With the final addition of the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial and Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridges, motorists can now pick up EZPass ‘On-the-Go’ tags in the cash lanes at all nine MTA crossings. The ease and convenience of buying an Onthe Go tag this way has been so popular with customers that more than 28,000 have been sold since it was introduced last June.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels began selling them at the Henry Hudson Bridge and expanded the program in March to include the Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, Robert F. Kennedy Bridges and the Queens Midtown and Brooklyn- Battery Tunnels. The Verrazano- Narrows Bridge began selling the tags in cash lanes on April 9 and the Rockaway crossings began cash lane sales on April 16.

Nearly 10,200 On-the-Go tags were sold in March, and April sales are even stronger with 9,300 sold in just the first two weeks, an average of more than 600 a day.

“We’re pleased that motorists love the convenience of picking up an E-ZPass tag in cash lanes at our crossings and will soon start saving time and money while helping to keep traffic moving and reducing emissions from idling vehicles,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara.

The Verrazano-Narrows got off to the best start selling 117 tags on its first day. Weekend sales are also proving to be strong, showing the program is equally as popular with non-daily commuters. On the weekend of April 6-8, 700 On-the-Go tags were purchased at the Throgs Neck Bridge.

On-the-Go is another way MTA Bridges and Tunnels is making EZPass even more accessible to everyone. In addition to cash lanes, On-the- Go tags are sold at more than 500 retail stores throughout New York and Long Island.

Motorists can pick up an E-ZPass Onthe Go tag in the cash lanes for $30, plus the cash toll for that trip, and use it to pay for 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. The tag must be registered within 48 hours of its first use by going to www.ezpassny.com or by calling the toll-free number 1-800-333-TOLL. If the tag is not registered once used, it is deactivated.

Most customers take advantage of the convenience of using a credit or debit card, but those who prefer cash can now use the MTA Reload Card to replenish their accounts with cash at thousands of locations throughout the region.

E-ZPass is used by 80 percent of motorists at MTA crossings, or an average of 615,000 drivers daily.

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