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E-Z Pass

Websites by State: NY - http://www.e-zpassny.com
NJ - http://www.ezpassnj.com
Pennsylvania - http://www.paturnpike.com/ezpass/ezpassINTRO.htm
Delaware - http://www.ezpassde.com
Indiana Toll Road I-Zoom - https://www.getizoom.com
Massachusetts Fast Lane - http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Highway/fastlane/main.aspx
Maryland - http://www.ezpassmd.com
Maine - https://ezpassmaineturnpike.com/EZPass
New Hampshire - http://www.ezpassnh.com
Ohio - https://www.ezpassoh.com
Rhode Island - http://www.ezpassritba.com
Virginia - http://www.ezpassva.com
West Virginia - http://www.transportation.wv.gov/turnpike/Pages/WVTurnpikeEZPass.aspx
Illinois I-Pass - http://www.illinoistollway.com/portal/page?_pageid=133,1392734&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection system which takes cash, coins and toll tickets out of the toll collection process. Instead, drivers prepay tolls and attach a small electronic device to their vehicles. Tolls are automatically calculated and deducted from the prepaid accounts as E-ZPass customers pass through the toll lanes.

The system originated in NY and was created to reduce traffic congestion and make travel easier.

The system has three components: a toll tag, which is placed inside your vehicle; an overhead antenna, which reads the toll tag and collects the toll; and video cameras to identify toll evaders.

To use E-Z Pass, a vehicle is equipped with a small usually white electronic device, called a tag or a transponder, which transmits information. The transaction data is processed and a toll is automatically deducted from your account as you pass through the lane. Users can pay via credit card or check.

E-Z pass is accepted throughout the Northeast at 24 transportation agencies located in 14 states including NY, MA, RI, ME, NH, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, IN, OH and IL. E-Z Pass is administered by each state's highway department.

Many toll booths have dedicated lanes for E-Z Pass users. There is usually a speed limit when driving through E-Z pass lanes. Speeders may get a warning or ticket from police for exceeding this limit.

Drivers who go through an E-Z Pass lane without a tag will have their license plate photographed by cameras in each lane.

Most states may offer discounts to E-Z Pass users on bridges and highways compared to paying cash directly at tools. Discounts may vary based on time of day traveled, carpools and for local residents.

E-Z Pass users in NY and NJ can use their passes to pay for parking fees at certain airports and parking garages including JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.

History

In 1991, the E-ZPass Interagency Group was created to develop an electronic toll collection system, and involved the participation and cooperation of seven independent toll agencies — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, The New Jersey Highway Authority (operator of the Garden State Parkway at the time), the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York State Thruway Authority, The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and the South Jersey Transportation Authority (operator of the Atlantic City Expressway).

Under the direction of Peter Tufo, chairman of the New York State Thruway from 1989-1996, E-ZPass was first deployed on the Thruway at the Spring Valley toll plaza on August 3, 1993. Over the following three and a half years, the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) installed electronic toll-collection equipment, in stages, along the Thruway. By February 6, 1997, E-ZPass had been installed along the entire length of the NYS Thruway.

Updated August 7, 2011

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