Like Cash? Use MTA Reload Card And Save With E-ZPass®

If you like to use cash to pay for MTA toll crossings but want the savings and convenience of E-ZPass, the new MTA Reload Card is the answer.

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For the first time, customers can add cash to their E-ZPass account at 2,500 retail stores throughout the New York region.

Photo of MTA Reload Card

The Card, launched by MTA Bridges and Tunnels in a pilot program, is designed to make life easier for existing E-ZPass users who have cash-based accounts and attract new customers who haven't tried E-ZPass because making cash payments was not very convenient.

In the past, E-ZPass customers had to go to one of three walk-in centers in Yonkers, Queens or Staten Island to add cash. Now it is as simple as going to one of thousands of Visa ReadyLink retail merchants throughout the city and across the country, presenting the MTA Reload Card and adding cash. The money is directly transferred into an E-ZPass account.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara said the idea for the MTA Reload Card came after customers asked for a more convenient way to make cash payments on E-ZPass accounts. "We listened and hope the MTA Reload Card will meet their needs and they will become E-ZPass customers," Ferrara said.

A majority (88.4 percent) of the nearly 2.2 million MTA E-ZPass account holders use credit or debit cards to replenish their accounts, while about 250,000 customers (11.6 percent) pay for

E-ZPass using cash or checks.

Here's how it works:

  • Using the Reload Card, customers can add a minimum of $20 or more in cash to their accounts. The funds will be available for use within 24 hours.
  • There is a transaction fee charged by the retailer, ranging from $1 to $5. This is not an MTA or a Visa fee. The MTA has negotiated lower transaction fees with several VisaReady Link MoneyGram agents, including CVS, Duane Reade, and Walmart. These retailers will charge between $1 and $2 per transaction, which customers will recoup after only two trips because the E-ZPass discount is $1.70 at most MTA crossings.
  • For a list of preferred retailers go to and add your zip code to find the nearest store.
  • Customers who opt in will be sent e-mails or text messages when their accounts have a low balance.

To request an MTA Reload Card or get an E-ZPass, visit the New York E-ZPass Customer Service Center website at or call 1-800 333-TOLL. Brochures about the MTA Reload Card are available at E-ZPass Walk-in Centers and informational cards can be requested in cash lanes at all MTA crossings.