Is anyone subscribed to EZ-Pass in a different state than the one they live in?

 

Hi,

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.

Thanks!

- Phil

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I wonder if my TX EZ-Pass

I wonder if my TX EZ-Pass will work in some other states? It is $40 initial charge and recharges from your credit card at $10, the same as a few other states. I do believe (it's been a few years) it is a one time $15 fee per vehicle on the account or if you have to replace the one attached to your windshield (like if you replace your windshield).

EZ Pass is EZ Pass. It works

EZ Pass is EZ Pass. It works where ever the Trade Marked name EZ Pass is displayed. However, there are a lot of regional toll systems that use their own transponders, some of which accept EZ Pass as well. But that depends on agreements. Florida Sun Pass does not.

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Maybe I misunderstood

phranc wrote:

EZ Pass is EZ Pass. It works where ever the Trade Marked name EZ Pass is displayed.

Not to disagree, but I thought a federal law had been enacted transportation legislation where any toll paying transponder (ez-pass for example) had to work on all other systems in the united states.

Maybe I misunderstood the legislation?

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SunPass and EZ Pass are

SunPass and EZ Pass are working together to make their systems compatible.

We have an Illinois EZ-Pass

We have an Illinois EZ-Pass but live in WI. We have used it in IL, IN, OH, PA and had no problems.

remember

when this all started, the objective was to avoid a $1/mo. charge. Does it sound sensible to go out of your way to beat the powers that be out of $12/yr? Knowing that they cracked down....what is one's price to be dishonest? And we nail politicians and think they are silly to go down the drain over a mil. or two. This is $12.

As this evolved, you do have agencies now charging cash rates for tags that are not issued by them. Example is the MTA in NYC. If you have a NJ EZPass, you pay the cash rate.

The OP referred to EZPass in this place or that (Peace Bridge is a tiny authority) as a "best deal."

Where it really becomes nonsense is if you are offered a commuter discount to work, you would necessarily have to sign up at the correct authority to get that discount.

Toll Interoperability

BarneyBadass wrote:
phranc wrote:

EZ Pass is EZ Pass. It works where ever the Trade Marked name EZ Pass is displayed.

Not to disagree, but I thought a federal law had been enacted transportation legislation where any toll paying transponder (ez-pass for example) had to work on all other systems in the united states.

Maybe I misunderstood the legislation?

Did some research. In 2013, Congress added a Toll-Interoperability provision to the Federal Highway bill. It was to take effect by mid 2016. Lawmakers failed to outline or provide any oversight for this national system, so it's being worked on by private entities. There is more here: http://www.citylab.com/tech/2013/08/you-may-never-need-pay-c...

If you care to find out more, a Google search can give you a lot of links and details. https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=toll+in...

But it's only required for "all Federal-aid highway toll facilities."

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to kind of get to the skinny

phranc wrote:
BarneyBadass wrote:
phranc wrote:

EZ Pass is EZ Pass. It works where ever the Trade Marked name EZ Pass is displayed.

Not to disagree, but I thought a federal law had been enacted transportation legislation where any toll paying transponder (ez-pass for example) had to work on all other systems in the united states.

Maybe I misunderstood the legislation?

Did some research. In 2013, Congress added a Toll-Interoperability provision to the Federal Highway bill. It was to take effect by mid 2016. Lawmakers failed to outline or provide any oversight for this national system, so it's being worked on by private entities. There is more here: http://www.citylab.com/tech/2013/08/you-may-never-need-pay-c...

If you care to find out more, a Google search can give you a lot of links and details. https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=toll+in...

But it's only required for "all Federal-aid highway toll facilities."

regardless, because one can have no tag, and simply have a pic of one's plate taken, if the toll is the issue.

When a school district is known to be a good school, you will always have unscrupulous parents attempt to register kids in that school district, when they do not live in that district.

You have people registering motor vehicles at addresses where the vehicle is not garaged, to get lower premiums. Sometimes, to evade a excise tax that a commonwealth assesses.

In the end, legal or not, it comes across as unethical. So, what is one's price to behave unethically, $12?

NY to TN

I have an EZ-Pass from NY but got it when we lived there, we now are in TN. I know others that use NY and live in other states. We need to keep a deposit that they add $25 to every time it gets down to a certain level (I think $10) so that money is tied up but no other costs.

Since moving to TN and traveling in the South and North & South trips instead of East and West we have not needed EZ-Pass, but I'm sure we will make a trip where it will come in handy again in the future.

1 state to another

JebNY wrote:

I have an EZ-Pass from NY but got it when we lived there, we now are in TN. I know others that use NY and live in other states. We need to keep a deposit that they add $25 to every time it gets down to a certain level (I think $10) so that money is tied up but no other costs.

Since moving to TN and traveling in the South and North & South trips instead of East and West we have not needed EZ-Pass, but I'm sure we will make a trip where it will come in handy again in the future.

I don't know about yours but when I moved from one state to another I found my car's tag was tied to my EZ-pass.. and when I registered my car in the new state, my EZ-pass couldn't be associated with the new car's new tag.

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again

to get back to the fraud with tags, there are some documented cases where people commit, yes, fraud.

One is to pretend you live in Staten Island, NY. You get a discount when you cross the Verrazano. There are also cases where senior citizens get a discounted rate, and this discount is applied to a specific tag. But as we know, tags use velcro, and amazingly tags walk from seniors to non-senior vehicles.

Just because it's possible to beat the system, why do it, when we're talking about relatively small amounts. I would say people need to have more integrity. If not, then stop bashing the govt., and making a huge deal when someone gets indicted for corruption.

How is it fraud?

How is it fraud to have an E-ZPass from another state? I just checked the NY E-ZPass site, and there is no resident requirement.

I originally got my pass when I lived in NY, but since moving to North Carolina, all I had to do was update my address and vehicle registration information, and as long as I have a valid credit card on file, they don't care about where I live.

North Carolina doesn't have E-ZPass, and I drive back to the NY tri-state area enough that I use the pass regularly, so why shouldn't I keep my NY E-ZPass? Am I committing fraud?

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NC Quick Pass is now

NC Quick Pass is now compatible with E-ZPass, SunPass and Peach Pass facilities. The NC Quick Pass sticker transponder will not only work in NC, but also on all SunPass and Peach Pass accepted facilities. Additionally, the NC Quick Pass hard case transponder will work in NC, and where SunPass, Peach Pass and E-ZPass transponders are accepted.
North Carolina toll roads are now also accepting E-ZPass and SunPass transponders as a form of payment on the Triangle Expressway, as long as the vehicle license plate is registered on the E-ZPass or SunPass account.

https://www.myncquickpass.com/en/about/rates.shtml

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

no, you are not

Moose135 wrote:

How is it fraud to have an E-ZPass from another state? I just checked the NY E-ZPass site, and there is no resident requirement.

I originally got my pass when I lived in NY, but since moving to North Carolina, all I had to do was update my address and vehicle registration information, and as long as I have a valid credit card on file, they don't care about where I live.

North Carolina doesn't have E-ZPass, and I drive back to the NY tri-state area enough that I use the pass regularly, so why shouldn't I keep my NY E-ZPass? Am I committing fraud?

let's go all the way back, and address one that was mentioned in particular--Peace Bridge EZPass. It did not charge a fee to accounts administered by them, and it DID have a residency requirement that was clearly stated in their FAQs. Now if you see that, and still apply in the interest of avoiding a $1/mo. charge, that is fraud.

This authority no longer exists on its own and was absorbed by NYS.

Again, it's human nature to want to spend less, rather than more. But when folks are willing to break rules in the interest of $10-$18/yr., give politicians a break. They are not after small amounts like that when they are corrupt. At least they go after more.

EZ-Tag is not EZ-Pass

In Texas, there is EZ-Tag which is not and EZ-Pass and is not compatible with EZ-Pass.

I have gotten the I-Pass from the People Republic of Illinois. It is a large "hard case" pass. I really like the thin adhesive Texas EZ-Tag much better. The hard case is designed to be removable from the windshield and the EZ-Tag is not removable.

My I-Pass worked well in Illinois and also Maryland. It has no monthly costs, which is one of the reasons I got it, although I would have gotten one from a more friendly state, but I didn't really find a better alternative. The entire transaction was done online and via mail - no issues, no hassles.

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Waiting for Compatibility

EZ Pass and Sun Pass are not compatible and until they become so I have opted not to subscribe.

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romanviking

wow, didn't even notice the

wow, didn't even notice the small fee haha

NC tolls.

NC now accepts EZ, SunPass, PeachPass. As for maintenance charges, here is a quote from the FAQ.
"An account with no toll transactions for a period of 12 consecutive months will be charged a $1.00 monthly maintenance fee until the account is closed. If the account balance falls below $1.00, the account will be automatically closed and all transponders will be deactivated. You will be notified of the account closure in writing through mail or e‑mail."
So am sure to drive the toll road at least once a year!!

If You Have Nothing To Hide ......

Living in Maryland and having a Massachusetts is not illegal. I am not speaking about Peace Bridge or any other system.

Though Maryland has dropped the $1.50 a month fee, it was indeed worth it to me to get a 'no fee' EZ Pass to avoid the $1.50/month fee.

IMO, those who say 'it's only $1.50 per month' are on par with those who say 'if you have nothing to hide, you won't care if they search you/your vehicle'.

We live in MD too, and...

simply pay the fee. I figure it's one or two less bottles of wine I can buy per year.

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huh?

ericruby wrote:

IMO, those who say 'it's only $1.50 per month' are on par with those who say 'if you have nothing to hide, you won't care if they search you/your vehicle'.

You get all that, from EZPass charging an administration fee? First world problems comes to mind. Who is searching what vehicle? We have 4, and if there's a legitimate reason, they can be searched. But I would rather have it done while I'm at work so I don't need to waste my time, there's nothing in any of them that's not on the up and up.

Four states that I can think of, MA, VA, CT, NH, charge "property" tax on motor vehicles, based on values. They have traditionally had problems with folks registering out of state. Again, the drivers' positions have been, if the other state accepts my out of state address, who cares? MA, VA, CT, NH do. And, the insurance co. does, as they write the premium based on where the vehicle is garaged.

Again, when I see people doing stuff for $12-$18/yr., it becomes understandable why a politician is corrupt for only $1 mil. (common sense says a reputation is worth more than $1 mil., but above the law comes to mind)

Sly Boots You

If there is a "legitimate" reason for a search then I will consent. Otherwise, no I won't.

My car is tagged in my home state. I see a difference in out-of-state EZ Pass than in tags. If you do not, I am happy for you.

If I can save $12-$18 per year I will (though now there is no savings in the People's Republic). If you choose to not save, I am happy for you.

I am breaking no law. If it becomes that I am, I will stop breaking the law.

ez pass

Try Delaware EZ pass system

Worked For Me

BarneyBadass wrote:
JebNY wrote:

I have an EZ-Pass from NY but got it when we lived there, we now are in TN. I know others that use NY and live in other states. We need to keep a deposit that they add $25 to every time it gets down to a certain level (I think $10) so that money is tied up but no other costs.

Since moving to TN and traveling in the South and North & South trips instead of East and West we have not needed EZ-Pass, but I'm sure we will make a trip where it will come in handy again in the future.

I don't know about yours but when I moved from one state to another I found my car's tag was tied to my EZ-pass.. and when I registered my car in the new state, my EZ-pass couldn't be associated with the new car's new tag.

I had to double check to be sure I had updated my account and I had. NY didn't have a problem with a TN address and plates so I guess they are ok with out of state subscribers.

EZ Cash

bsp131 wrote:
helenekaplan wrote:

I live in NJ, account is in NY. But I definitely agree with TheProf

TheProf wrote:

I just heard that NJ will be charging the full toll for any out-of-state EZPass. Discounted tolls will be for NJ EZPass only. I tend to think that is illegal but haven't heard any outrage in the media yet.

New York already does that. Signs state ez-pass toll for in state issued tags is discounted. All others pay full freight.

We had the I-Pass in

We had the I-Pass in Illinois for years when we lived there, and when we moved to NC we kept it...
Used it last week and there were no issues...

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sure they're ok

JebNY wrote:
BarneyBadass wrote:
JebNY wrote:

I have an EZ-Pass from NY but got it when we lived there, we now are in TN. I know others that use NY and live in other states. We need to keep a deposit that they add $25 to every time it gets down to a certain level (I think $10) so that money is tied up but no other costs.

Since moving to TN and traveling in the South and North & South trips instead of East and West we have not needed EZ-Pass, but I'm sure we will make a trip where it will come in handy again in the future.

I don't know about yours but when I moved from one state to another I found my car's tag was tied to my EZ-pass.. and when I registered my car in the new state, my EZ-pass couldn't be associated with the new car's new tag.

I had to double check to be sure I had updated my account and I had. NY didn't have a problem with a TN address and plates so I guess they are ok with out of state subscribers.

The basis of this thread being started was to bypass a monthly administrative fee. Again, we use Peace Bridge as an example. They explicitly said you had to live in the area, people disregarded, and they were inundated with apps (imagine a power co. broker who have 3 people in a tiny office, but because they offer 2 cents per kWh, the entire country starts calling to sign up--this is a real scenario in states which allow people to choose their electricity provider). They no longer exist and were absorbed by NYS. NYS charges a fee. So it's rather comical that the thread lives on and is like 7 pages!

NJ should do that

MMtoTSS wrote:
bsp131 wrote:
helenekaplan wrote:

I live in NJ, account is in NY. But I definitely agree with TheProf

TheProf wrote:

I just heard that NJ will be charging the full toll for any out-of-state EZPass. Discounted tolls will be for NJ EZPass only. I tend to think that is illegal but haven't heard any outrage in the media yet.

New York already does that. Signs state ez-pass toll for in state issued tags is discounted. All others pay full freight.

I have a NJ EZPass and get slammed on the MTA bridges with a full cash fare. At the same time, NJ is a really bad state. Selling points on homes is that the property tax is ONLY 24k. ONLY?!

The governor needs to have his head examined. He just ended a 38 year reciprocity with PA on state income tax, targeting 125k residents of PA who work in NJ. Can you imagine doing that? And then to raise the gas tax, to move NJ from like 48/50 for cost, up to like 7?

Fee Waived If You Use It Enough

I don't like the $1.50 fee either... but Maryland waives the fee if you use it at least 3 times per month. I don't have a great need to use toll roads these days, but the one or two round trips per month cover me.

Fast Pass

California's Fast Trak doesn't charge a monthly fee. Hopefully that will continue.

No Fee For P.R.o.M. Subjects

beagle.fan wrote:

I don't like the $1.50 fee either... but Maryland waives the fee if you use it at least 3 times per month. I don't have a great need to use toll roads these days, but the one or two round trips per month cover me.

Accounts without a Maryland address are charged a $1.50 monthly account maintenance fee. The maintenance fee will be waived if the Account uses Maryland toll facilities at least three times in the previous statement period.

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