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MTA B&T E-Z-ly Passes Three Billionth Transaction

Bridges & Tunnels recently recorded its three billionth E-ZPass transaction confirming that E-ZPass is the easiest and most convenient way to travel across the MTA's bridges and tunnels.

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Based on traffic data, the milestone transaction was reached sometime Tuesday morning. An average 800,000 vehicles use MTA crossings daily.

"This is an exciting benchmark and shows how popular E-ZPass has become," said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara. "Using E-ZPass not only saves motorists time and money, it helps keep traffic moving and benefits the environment by reducing vehicle emissions."

The MTA introduced E-ZPass in 1995 at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and expanded the program to its other eight crossings a year later. Since then it has grown substantially to 2.1 million MTA E-ZPass accounts.

About 80 percent, or average of 682,000 motorists each day, uses E-ZPass to travel across the MTA's bridges and tunnels; a number that is continuing to climb due in part to the agency's E-ZPass On The Go retail sales program and a pilot program to sell the tags in cash lanes at the Henry Hudson Bridge.

Both initiatives make it easier than ever to open an account, which saves drivers $1.70 per trip at most MTA crossings. Since the On The Go retail program began in February 2008, about 143,000 pre-packaged tags have been sold, including 6,700 in the cash lanes at the Henry Hudson Bridge since a pilot program began there in June.

Now, anyone can go to one of the 126 authorized On The Go retailers at 481 locations, throughout the five boroughs and Long Island, to purchase a pre-paid tag for $30. The cost is $34 in the cash lanes at the Henry Hudson Bridge, which includes the current trip.

Once purchased, the On The Go 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. Customers have 48 hours to register the tag by going to www.ezpassny.com or by calling the toll-free number 1-800-333-TOLL. If the tag is not registered, it is deactivated.

E-ZPass is the largest interoperable toll collection program in the world, operated by 24 individual tolling agencies in 14 states from Maine to Virginia and west to Illinois.