We live in Maryland, where O'Malley started charging us a $1.50/month "administrative fee" for absolutely nothing, so we canceled our EZ-pass. We use it enough that we'd like to pick one up again but only if there is no fee involved, so I've been looking at neighboring states' EZ-Pass programs.
It looks like the best deals are through DRJTBC, Peace Bridge and Virginia. I'd like to know if anyone has any experience with any of these agencies before we sign back up, though.
Seems to have been a pretty dumb move on Maryland's part though as a bunch of folks have just dumped their EZ-Pass accounts, increasing the need for paid toll-collection personnel. Let's spend lots of money on this great automated system and then do everything we can to reduce the demand for it... great idea.
Could not have been easier.
No monthly fee, $10 for the tag, reasonable website, and SUPER NICE customer service usually with a great Maine accent.
Never had a better deal!
Tolls are a scam in and of themselves, so maybe this is a "double scam."
don't you need to register ez pass where your vehicle is registred?
Delaware charges a $25 per unit fee one time only. You can even tell them that you do not live in their state and they don't care. There are other states further North that have no fees at all.
I live in Texas and only need EZpass once a year but have it and my vehicle is registered in Texas.
I have one from NY and one from FL, (called SunPass)
I have cars from both states registered to both passes
The only problem I ever had was a charge against one car that was not mine.
I had a charge from a Lincoln Town car and the plate is from a Impala. When I looked at the picture and blew it up the plate was close but no cigar My plate has a "D" in it put the plate on the car had a "U" in it. from the angle of the camera and the sunlight on the plate, they looked the same.
I called and explained the difference and they looked up the picture and said "Sorry"
I live in VA but have a MD E-ZPass. I don't like the $1.50 per month fee, but the VA plan is horrible.
I dumped my MD EZ-Pass for a VA one. The initial deposit was higher, but with no monthly fee you make that up in a few months. Been using my VA pass for about 2 years now with no problems.
I second the VA EZ Pass - no monthly fees and the customer service is very friendly.
No, you do not need to have a register from the same state as where your vehicle is registered.
and have simply succumbed to the Fee, but I agree with your sentiment and thanks for raising the issue.
Get an I-Pass from Illinois. They work on toll roads that use EZ-Pass. And Illinois doesn't care what state you live in.
This is from the Illinois I-Pass web site: "I-PASS and E-ZPass can be used interchangeably and are accepted in 15 states by 26 toll agencies."
I have heard that out-of-state EZ pass are not accepted in all states and are charged the full toll/fee, not the discounted rate.
An EZ-Pass is accepted in all states using the system. The decision to grant discounts for out-of-state users is a local one. Most do grant the discounts as the payments are transferred electronically and don't require handling by people.
When I happened to check a couple of years ago some residents of the Boston area appeared to get dramatic discounts in Boston. It appeared Boston used EZ pass as an “out-of-town tax”. Since I was not planning to visit Boston, I never did check the details more carefully.
Seems like north Carolina's EZ-Pass will work with Florida's SunPass.
I noticed we were charged the full cash rate, going over the Verrazano, using a NJ EZPass tag.
There should be reciprocity. Any MTA tagholders using the NJTP, should get a $15 surcharge.
Seems like north Carolina's EZ-Pass will work with Florida's SunPass.
I had no idea NC had an EZ Pass program. Looks like the only toll road is in the Research Triangle area.
I moved to NC a couple of years ago, and still use my NY (MTA) EZ-Pass. I updated my address with them, and there are still no additional costs beyond the tolls. I drive to NY several times a year, so it's handy having it.
The NYS Legislature passed a law eliminating monthly/annual fees in 2006. If you sign up with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, there is no monthly fee, as they are responsible for the crossings in New York City, entirely within NYS. The NY State Thruway Authority also issues the EZPass, and there is no monthly/annual fee through them either, as again, it is wholly within NYS.
If you sign up with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, there is a fee, as the PA is bi-state agency, and typically ignores the laws of both states
That's because they scam other ezpass holders, such as PANYNJ or NJ EZPass. If you have any other tag (not MTA), you pay the full cash fare, even though you use EZPass.
The NJ Turnpike needs to reciprocate on the NJ. Turnpike, whenever a MTA tag is read.
That's why I go eastbound only on the Verrazano, and make sure I have some business to attend to in Manhattan before going westbound. I'm sure the MTA is noticing the excess wear I'm putting on their bridge. lol
p.s.--I decided to go through the process. NY EZPass decides which of their authorities to assign you to. If they choose PANYNJ, there is a $1/mo. fee. So in reality you can't get around it. In other words, you cannot choose to sign up with the MTA or Thruway, NY EZPASS decides where to put your account.
When Massachusetts set up automated tolls back in the day, they went with their own system (FastPass) but they accepted EZPass. (Must have been a slip up there.) However: To join FastPass, they were charging to join up (what a surprise), had a monthly fee (ditto), charged for the transponder (huh?), and if it eventually stopped working you had to pay to get a replacement (WHAT?!?) . To top it all off, the states all around us NY, ME, NH and NJ) did not accept Fast-Pass. (Take THAT!) Fugetaboutit. I went to the NY site and signed up with them and have never looked back. No fees or charges for anything as long as you signed up for automatic replenishment from a credit card, and after a few years they even sent me new transponders under the honor system. Just send back the old ones in the postage-paid envelope to avoid any charges. Such a deal! (I have four of them now.) And when you call them up for something, they're NICE!
Maryland recently reduced tolls (effective July 1 I believe), but I only today read that the monthly $1.50 fee will also be dropped. Don't know if I'll switch back, but it is a positive move for subjects in the People's Republic.
"The E-ZPass fee of $1.50 for Maryland residents with fewer than three transactions a month will also be eliminated."
I spoke with MDOT and of course the Baltimore Sun was wrong.
Per MDOT, the $1.50 a month fee is going away, regardless of use or non-use.
Way to go Hogan! Once again there's finally hope for our state after all.
I will have to check my state
that in the information age, many feel it's easy to get around rules etc. I even looked into the New York thing as my EZPass is NJ and $1/mo. It's not even the $1 that irks me, it's that going over MTA controlled facilities, we are charged the CASH rate, not EZPass.
But NYS has a trump card when I read the fine print--3/4 authorities charge $0, one charges $1/mo. YOU DO NOT GET TO CHOOSE WHICH AUTHORITY YOU WILL BE ASSIGNED.
Maybe it should be common sense like the YMCA. You live in the town with the nice, brand new facility. They charge $20/mo. more. You can join another one in the metro area, AND YOU CAN USE THE NICE FACILITY. They reserve the right to move you to the one you frequent.
Again, it's a first world problem, trying to get around $1/mo., and having the time to do so. how much lost productivity did your employer experience when 2 hours was spent doing such research on ezpass?
There are no fees to use EZ-Pass down here (other that the one-time purchase of the transponder, which I think was $5)....as a matter of fact, we get a discount if we use it!
No state taxes either.....I love Florida
No state taxes either.....I love Florida
things have changed recently. FL uses Sunpass which is not EZ-Pass.
FL recognizes both.
Edit:My bad. I had thought FL accepted EZ Pass when I was researching getting an EZPass or a Sun Pass.
Florida does not accept EZPass.
Sorry - you are correct. I forgot it's call "Sunpass" down here, and it only works in Florida (but I understand they are trying to merge the two systems).
Getting old sucks
thanks for starting this thread. i was not even aware that there is a monthly fee for EZPASS.
IF you get it from the right state.
I still vote for Maine. The accents of the very friendly customer service reps are worth every cent they charge for the one time setup fee!
Dear Readers -
If anyone checks and reads this thread,
I wanted to update it with favorable information.
In Nov. 2014, Maryland normally a heavily Democratic state, elected a Republican governor, Larry Hogan. That's not necessarily the good part of the news ...... depending on your persuasion.
Here's the good part.
Among some of the first things that Gov. Hogan did as a way to cut or eliminate taxes was to :
1) REDUCED/rolled-back the rates/fees on most all MD Toll roads & bridges,
2. INCREASED the toll-discount for MD EZ-Pass subscribers from 10% to 25%,
3) ELIMINATED the $1.50 monthly admin fee for MD EZ-Pass subscribers.
The changes go into effect July 1, 2015.
Yay for us !!
Smart move on his part.
Don't you think voters will remember THAT come next election.
I never thought of getting one from another state. I live in Ohio and have an Ohio transponder. Going to do some research soon.
KirkH, are there any fees associated with the Ohio transponder?
Many people switched due to fees imposed by their home state.
As near as I can tell from their webpage and FAQ, you can't get an EZ Pass in VA unless you are a VA resident.
See #9 in the FAQ. https://www.ezpassva.com/StaticPages/FAQ.aspx
I have a VA EZ-Pass, but then I live in MD and I had to go to a VA site to get one. So, they may not be available through the mail, but they are available if you pick one up.
FWIW I live in Ontario and a number of years ago I was able to get a transponder via the Peace Bridge authority. Since then they merged the EZ-Pass with the NY State Authority https://www.e-zpassny.com I use the EZ-Pass purely for recreational driving.
Currently, (knock on particle board), the only recurring charge that was stated from day one, was for a paper invoice of which I opted out of.
What I know using the EZ-Pass:
- Bridge Crossings into Canada (you pay only going in)
- Not sure if you get the EZ-Pass now from the NFBC would get you the same discount at the PBA
- 5% Discount exists for the Grand Island (northbound) EZ-Pass ($0.95 v. $1.00 cash);
- Not 100% sure of other discounts (e.g. I-90) but don't think there are any;
- I believe closer to Manhattan there are EZ Pass discounts for the NY State EZ-Pass holders (figure out if your home state offers discounts for more traveled roads);
- Worked in Chicago, PA/MA Turnpikes, Virginia (Dulles and Chesapeake Expressways) with only one issue on the MA Turnpike which was resolved via C/S;
- I don't have the Flex version which allows you to flip a switch depending on the number of occupants in the car for HOV lanes
IMO this is the only way to fly - I'd rather manage an account than dealing with coins and cash when I am in a hurry. One bother was on the Monday following Sun July 4th. Traffic volume was high all the way down to MD on that day due to US residents returning home. I took the PA Turnpike and the Breezewood exit, due to the volume opened all lanes to work with cash or EZ-Pass. As we all know - all lanes work with EZ-Pass but there are usually dedicated EZ-Pass lanes. It cheesed me off not having at least one EZ-Pass only lane. To me an incentive to have EZ-Pass, seeing as I am not getting discounts everywhere.
In Toronto we have the ETR 407 (same exact in-car transponder), and there are no toll booths - all electronic. There are enough disincentives to not use the highway regularly without a transponder.
I live in MD, I switched to subscribe VA EZ-pass a few years ago when MD began to impose monthly fee. I will wait until getting kicked off by VA to come back to MD. I am happy with VA customer service when they reminded me to update credit card expiration date.
One could drive from Phila to Baltimore, through MD, for FREE, if one payed $10 per year for the Hatem. Those bar codes could be seen on cars near the Canadian border, 'twas a no-brainer. They bring that program back?
I get it, we all want to save money. But it's a low price to break the rules imho
I saw a car in Georgia with a Georgia license plate and a Texas Toll Tag sticker.
Don't have a single complaint about VA E-Z Pass.
No monthly fees and easy to access account online. Not sure about fees if you live out of state though.
I generally avoid toll roads whenever possible and pay cash when I can’t. I considered EZpass several times in the past but was always turned off by the fees. Every individual situation is different and as followers of this 4 year old post know, the world of electronic toll collection is constantly changing. It pays to shop around from time to time.
At one point, I considered opening an online account through New York State until a friend told me out of state online account requests in NY were forwarded to the applicant’s home state. This can be avoided by applying in person at an authorized NY EZpass location. I also looked into an account with EZpass in Maine, which at the time was the best deal.
Recently, my home state of Pennsylvania reduced their EZpass fees to $3 per year with a $35 setup fee, $25 of which goes into your debit account. PA also allows a single transponder to be used in up to 3 vehicles and even provides 3 sets of snap lock fasteners for the installation. Since my wife and I have 3 vehicles and rarely travel separately, this seemed like the best solution.
To me, $3 seems like a reasonable annual service fee so to avoid the potential hassle of dealing with another jurisdiction; I opted to stick close to home and opened an account in PA.
My E-Z Pass comes from NY, I live in CT, and I use my E-Z Pass in MA and NH all the time. No extra fees.
Pretty much the same conclusion I reached.
I recently got a NY E-Z Pass even though I live in Texas. Does anyone know if it is possible to tell which NY entity (MTA, PANYNJ or other) issued a particular pass based on the tag number of the pass?
Link to a news article on Boston's channel 5 WCVB-TV webpage today.
Of particular interest is this paragraph about 10 down regarding fees for "Out of State" E-Z-Pass x-ponders. (I have had a NY state E-Z-Pass since before the days MA even had them...primarily so I could travel to and from NH without waiting in traffic at the Hampton Tolls.) People with NO E-Z-Pass will pay almost double to drive the entire length of the MA Pike from NY to Logan Airport in Boston. ($7.10 to $13.40 plus a 60-cent billing fee)
>>> While those without any form of transponder will pay the most, racking up 30-cent fees on top of the toll at each gantry, drivers with out-of-state transponders will pay a total of 45 cents more across the length of the turnpike. Pollack emphasized that the EZPassMA transponders will not be limited to Bay State residents, using an example of a New Hampshire resident who uses Massachusetts roads frequently. <<<
Thanks for reminding me to return my E-Z Pass. Not using it at a cost of $1.50 per month. Not to smart
I dunno what state you have yours in, but VA doesn't charge monthly fee.
Maryland stopped the monthly fee a couple years ago...
$3 a year in Pennsylvania
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