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.
October 19, 2015 |
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.
July 18, 2015 |
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.
July 9, 2015 |
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.
September 20, 2014 |
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.
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.
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?
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.
December 13, 2012 |
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.
December 4, 2012 |
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.