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December 18, 2001
I admit it: I am an E-ZPass user. I am well-connected, wirelessly speaking, to the electronic debiting monitor that demands my digital data. I gleefully speed (metaphorically speaking) through the New Jersey toll plazas at a lightning-fast pace of 15 m.p.h. or so, whizzing by those unfortunates who are waiting in line to pay their fees. And once a month I am informed of the cost of this privilege when my statement arrives in the mail. However, I confess, I do have E-ZPass envy when regaled with stories of other states with E-ZPass systems where motorists fly through electronic toll bridges at highway speeds, never having to stop to wait for the digital ding to provide permission to move forward.
NEWS
October 25, 2010
As the Delaware River Port Authority taught us, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who pay tolls (also known as the suckers) and those who don't. New Jersey's state comptroller has just lifted the lid off some more of those who drive for free. It won't surprise anyone keeping his eyes on the road that these elites are employed by the toll-paying stiffs. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which runs the turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, gives all its employees E-ZPass transponders allowing free passage on both roads after a year of service, according to an audit by Comptroller Matthew Boxer's office.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2000 | by Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer
E-ZPass has gotten a whole lot easier for drivers at four Delaware River bridges in the six weeks since introduction of the electronic toll collection. But there still remain a few bumps in the road that need smoothing out, according to Delaware River Port Authority spokesman Joseph K. Diemer. About 71,744 E-ZPass tags had been distributed by the start of this week, said Diemer, contributing to a weekday use of about 50 percent during the 6 a.m.-9 a.m. rush hour. "That's a really nice penetration," said Diemer.
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Better get that E-ZPass. The Pennsylvania Turnpike's plan for all-electronic tolling envisions a 76 percent surcharge for motorists who don't use E-ZPass devices. That means a trip across Pennsylvania from Ohio to New Jersey that costs $30.17 with E-ZPass would cost $53.10 for a driver who would be billed by mail. The turnpike is moving to do away with all toll booths and instead charge drivers as they pass at highway speed under overhead gantries equipped with electronic readers and cameras.
NEWS
July 21, 2010 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Delaware River Port Authority on Wednesday disciplined its top law enforcement official for misuse of E-ZPass privileges, docking him three days' pay and requiring him to reimburse the agency. Chief public safety officer Michael Joyce forfeited about $2,000 in pay and reimbursed the DRPA $600 for giving his daughter the E-ZPass transponder of another DRPA manager who has since been removed from his job in an unrelated incident, DRPA chief executive John Matheussen said. Joyce, a Camden County lawyer, borrowed the E-ZPass of corporate secretary John Lawless.
NEWS
March 29, 2011
Employees of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, which operates seven toll bridges between Trenton and the New York state line, will lose their free E-ZPass benefit May 2. The bridge commission approved eliminating the free rides Monday, responding to a request from Gov. Christie. Christie has targeted free rides for employees at a number of agencies, including the New Jersey Turnpike and the Delaware River Port Authority. He was rebuffed in his effort to eliminate the benefit for union employees at the DRPA when an arbitrator ruled in January that the workers were entitled to the free rides under terms of their labor contracts.
NEWS
June 21, 2006
Why don't more people use E-ZPass? At the end of Memorial Day weekend, as I returned home from the Shore on the Atlantic City Expressway, it became apparent that the main cause of bumper-to-bumper traffic was largely a huge bottleneck at the Egg Harbor toll plaza. It seems that, throughout the region, only a small percentage of drivers use E-ZPass. Traffic would move more quickly and efficiently through tolls if more people signed up for the program. Those of us who use it are often impeded because we cannot get around traffic and gain access to the "E-ZPass Only" lanes.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Never doubt that the Delaware River Port Authority can be ingenious in coming up with new opportunities for patronage. The DRPA has hired politically connected law firms to go after toll bridge evaders at a cost of $225 an hour - whether they collect or not. By a recent tally of the last two years, the agency has spent about $32,594 more in lawyers' bills than the firms have collected in unpaid E-ZPass tolls. This system works great - if the goal is to pump up political patronage.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1999 | By Andrea Knox, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Pamela Foster Brady left Woodstown, Salem County, to study civil engineering at the University of Tennessee, she vowed she'd seen the last of South Jersey. "After my first quarter, I said, 'I'm not coming back, there's a whole other world out there,' " she recalls. But 14 years later, she's finding the biggest challenge of her career right in her former backyard. Since January, she has been in charge of getting the E-ZPass electronic toll-collection system up and running on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
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NEWS
June 15, 2016
SEPTA's new fare card went on sale Monday morning. SEPTA Key, the electronic fare card that will eventually replace passes and tokens on the region's public transportation network, is being made available to 10,000 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash, tokens, and - for the first time on SEPTA's system - credit cards can be used on kiosks to buy the new cards. These kiosks are in six stops on the Market Frankford Line and six stops on the Broad Street Line. Once you have the card, though, you can "reload" it like an E-ZPass - setting up an account online, or over the phone, and adding to it as needed.
NEWS
October 19, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
I'm ready to toss my E-ZPass transponder in the trash - and that may be possible in the future. With one transponder shared among the Sturgis Family of Fine Automobiles, I've stumbled into a labyrinth of missed transponder readings, missed letters, and added fees. So I took my indignation to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, from whom I purchased the transponder a few years back, and stumbled upon a plan to make everyone's ride on the turnpike a little quicker, and some tips to avoid E-ZPass problems.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thousands of motorists are getting an expensive lesson in sign reading from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. At a new E-ZPass-only interchange on the turnpike's Northeast Extension in Carbon County, 4,537 motorists used the ramps without an E-ZPass between June 30 and July 13, ignoring large green-and-purple-and-yellow signs proclaiming "E-ZPass Tagholders Only. " Now, each of them can expect a bill of $64.75 in the mail. That includes a $25 administrative fee and a $39.75 toll based on the most distant exit on the turnpike: the Ohio border, 400 miles away.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase 6 percent in 2016, effective Jan. 3. Also, an additional toll will be collected from westbound vehicles at a new all-electronic toll plaza in Bucks County, at the eastern end of the turnpike. That toll will be $5 for passenger vehicles using E-ZPass and $6.75 for vehicles without E-ZPass. A bill will be mailed to the owner of a non-E-ZPass vehicle, based on its license plate. The decisions by the Turnpike Commission on Tuesday to raise tolls for the eighth year in a row means the cash toll to drive from the Ohio border to the New Jersey border will be $48.90 for passenger cars, up from the current $46.10.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday announced his selection of a veteran Democratic lobbyist and member of former Gov. Jim McGreevey's administration to lead the state Department of Transportation. Naming Jamie Fox as his choice for transportation commissioner at a Statehouse news conference, Christie said it would "come as no great shock" that Fox was a registered Democrat. Fox, a fixture in state political circles, served as chief of staff to McGreevey and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
Pennsylvania Turnpike users who have long since switched to E-ZPass may be surprised to learn that the toll road still prefers paper for some transactions. Rather than toll tickets, the Turnpike Commission is seeking federal approval to hand out green cards to foreign investors willing to lend it millions of dollars. Permission to live in the United States would be offered as part of a complex deal to finance a long-delayed interchange between the turnpike and I-95 in Bucks County. In addition to securing low-cost capital funds for the project, the arrangement could spin off as much as $20 million in commissions for officers of a well-known and well-connected Philadelphia investment management firm.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
NOT TO RILE anyone facing the duty of filing tax returns by next week's deadline (a/k/a that time of year one really looks at how much of one's money the government gets), but every time I turn around there's reason to be pissed off. I'm not talking about ongoing aggravations such as the pay and perks of City Council, the state Legislature and Congress, members of which collectively do more to us than for us while spending our money. (Digression: Can I get an eye-roll for President Obama "sacrificing" 5 percent of his $400,000 salary because of sequestration?
NEWS
January 9, 2013
For cash-paying motorists, the latest spike in the cost to drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which took effect Sunday with a 10 percent toll hike, means it's time to get E-ZPass. In fact, it's long past time. And for Harrisburg policymakers, including Gov. Corbett, state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware), and other legislative leaders, the latest toll increase is another sign that their plan to solve the state's transportation funding crisis is overdue. Of the two issues, the math for motorists is easier to grasp.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The opening of a new interchange that connects Route 29 in Chester County to the Pennsylvania Turnpike - the first statewide that is E-ZPass-only in both directions - was a mix of a rocket blastoff and a long-desired but difficult birth. "Three, two, one," the crowd of public officials, area business people, and other onlookers yelled just before 3 p.m. Wednesday as Gov. Corbett cut a ribbon with oversize scissors to open a ramp and close the chapter on a project that had a 13-year gestation period.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Think it's painful to pay $5 to cross Ben Franklin or Walt Whitman Bridge? After all, the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges charge just $2. Be grateful, however, you're not commuting to and from New York City and paying cash. The cash rate was hiked Sunday to $13 for cars using any Port Authority bridge or tunnel. And that rate will rise to $14 in 2014 and $15 in 2015. That's much higher than the $5 - or $2.50 for seniors 65 and up - the DRPA charges drivers using the Franklin, Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry Bridges.
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