When tolls increase at MTA's seven bridges and two tunnels at 2 AM on Sunday, March 3rd motorists can save both time and money just by using E-ZPass. Cash tolls at most MTA crossings will rise to $7.50 while the same trip will cost $5.33 for most E-ZPass users, a savings of $2.17 each trip.
A complete list of car, truck and motorcycle crossing charges can be found here.
To start saving all you have to do is open an E-ZPass account with one of the four tolling agencies that make up the New York E-ZPass Customer Service Center (MTA, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York State Thruway Authority and New York Bridge Authority). Anyone from any state can open an account with the New York E-ZPass Customer Service Center.
Customers can pick up a pre-paid E-ZPass On-the-Go tag for $30 in any cash lane at MTA crossings or at hundreds of retail locations throughout the region. Once purchased, $20 can be used immediately for tolls. A $10 tag deposit will become available for tolls once the account is linked to a credit card. Motorists have 48 hours after it is first used to register.
Prefer cash? You can still use cash and control how much and when to replenish your
E-ZPass account by using the MTA Cash Reload Card. Call the New York E-ZPass Customer Service Center, request a card and go to one of 2,500 Visa ReadyLink locations where you can replenish an account with as little as $20. Funds can be used in 24 hours.
MTA has negotiated a lower merchant fee of $1-$2 at hundreds of preferred locations. To find one look it up here and to learn more about the MTA Cash Reload card click here.
E-ZPass users who don't like pre-paying for tolls, maintaining a minimum balance or supplying a credit card can also choose MTA Pay Per Trip where tolls are deducted from your bank account once the trip is taken using the Automated Clearing House (ACH) system.
For information about all of the MTA's new E-ZPass options, call the New York E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 1-800 333-TOLL or visit the website at www.ezpassny.com.