MTA Bridges and Tunnels has fast-tracked the process to sign up for an E-ZPass account with the introduction of a new simplified one-page application form.
Applications are now available upon request at any cash lane at Triborough, Throgs Neck, Bronx-Whitestone, Henry Hudson Bridges, and the Queens Midtown and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnels.
E-ZPass tag holders save money, time and gas (no more waiting in cash lanes) when crossing MTA's nine bridges and tunnels. E-ZPass is also good at 22 agencies across the eastern United States, from New York to Illinois and Maine to Virginia. Applicants need only to fill out the form and mail it in to start gaining the E-ZPass advantages.
"More than 74% of our customers already use E-ZPass, but we want as many as possible to share the benefits of cost and time savings, " said the agency's Acting President David Moretti. "Making it easier to join may be just the encouragement cash customers need to sign up."
The one-page form, with pared down, basic instructions and larger print, provides the necessary requirements and information for customers of MTA crossings who want to apply for an E-ZPass tag. Customers can open an account using credit card, check or cash for an initial amount of $25. There is a $10 tag deposit, which is waved for credit card customers.
The E-ZPass customer base has grown steadily each year since MTA introduced the technology to New York City motorists in 1995. Increased E-ZPass usage is also good for New York and surrounding areas-swifter traffic flowing through toll lanes is better for the environment.
For general information about E-ZPass, visit the website at: www.ezpassny.com or call 1-800-333-TOLL. Rockaway residents should pick up applications at either the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial or the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Bridges.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities connect the five boroughs of New York City and serve more than 820,000 daily customers.