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For Immediate Release
January 15, 2014

E-ZPass Sales Set New Records at Hudson Valley Bridges
Discounts, Convenience Benefit Drivers

Highland, NY – More than 10,000 drivers bought E-ZPass tags at Hudson Valley Bridges in 2013, taking advantage of toll discounts and less wait time, according to the NYS Bridge Authority.

“The pilot program we launched about a year ago to sell E-ZPass tags in our full service lanes has been a resounding success, selling more tags in one year than the last ten years combined, ” Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero said.  “E-ZPass is simple, easy to use and saves drivers money.”

Authority Chairman Richard A. Gerentine said, “By making E-ZPass more accessible to customers and reminding them that they can get discounts on tolls by using E-ZPass, both customers and the Authority benefit.”  Gerentine noted that passenger cars receive a $.25 discount from the $1.50 toll and discounts on tolls throughout the NYS Thruway system. 

All types of commercial vehicles also receive discounts for using E-ZPass, reducing the cost to businesses, Gerentine added.

Ruggiero noted that Governor Cuomo recently announced that E-ZPass tags are now sold in grocery stores throughout upstate New York and in more than 640 locations state-wide.  In the Hudson Valley, Price Chopper and Hannaford grocery stores are among the many outlets that sell the tags at their customer service desks.

While the Authority doesn’t make any money selling the tags, Ruggiero noted that it cost less to collect an E-ZPass toll than to process a cash toll so more people using E-ZPass lowers costs to both the Authority and customers. 

The Bridge Authority sells E-ZPass tags for $25 (cash only) in all full-service toll booth lanes at its five vehicle bridges.  Tags are also available on-line at e-zpass.com or through many retail locations throughout the state where credit card purchases are accepted.

There’s an even bigger discount available for commuters with passenger vehicles who frequently cross the Bridge Authority’s Hudson River bridges.  “If you go through any combination of our toll booths at least 14 times a month, you can sign up for the commuter plan which reduces tolls even more to $1.00.  The only way to get the commuter discount is to get E-ZPass and sign up for the NYSBA commuter discount program through the E-ZPass service center when you register your tag”, Ruggiero added.

E-ZPass users also receive a discount on NYS Thruway tolls.

The NYS Bridge Authority relies almost entirely on the tolls it collects and receives no federal or state tax monies to operate and maintain its bridges.  The Bridge Authority’s five vehicle bridges are the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridges.

Through December, the Authority sold 10,923 tags directly to customers.  Less than 700 were purchased from the Authority in 2012 when customers could only purchase the tags in administrative offices.

About 67percent of all vehicles crossing the Authority’s bridges now use E-ZPass.

E-ZPass tags have a $25 value and are active upon purchase. The first $15 is immediately available for toll usage, and the remaining $10 becomes available once the tag is registered online by phone.

E-ZPass is accepted in 15 states: Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia.
 For more information about E-ZPass, visit www.e-zpassNY.com.
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Quick Facts about the New York State Bridge Authority

  • The NYS Bridge Authority operates the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridges and owns and maintains the structure of the Walkway Over the Hudson Bridge..          

 

  • The Authority is funded principally from bridge tolls and receives no tax monies for bridge maintenance and operation.
  • NYSBA tolls are among the lowest nationwide for self-supporting transportation agencies with tolls today actually lower, in real dollars, than they were in 1933 when the Authority began operations.