Are You Paying Too Much in Tolls?

Solange
5 min readSep 19, 2021
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“Secret” Toll Discounts You May Not (Yet) Know

Having started commuting across the George Washington Bridge, I’ve gotten notifications of replenishment more time in one week than I have most of the previous year, so I thought: Is there a better way?

Of course, if you don’t have an E-ZPass account, it’s a no-brainer to get one! As opposed to the GoodToGo Pass (Washington State) or FasTrak (California), the E-ZPass gives you a great many state bang for your buck. Not only does E-ZPass work in New York State, but also Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia. While the E-Z pass tag costs $25 (Port Authority & NY Thruway type) or $30 (“city account” [NYC & Long Island]), once you register it, the full amount that you paid is applied to the account.

If you don’t already have an E-ZPass, look at the discount plans below and figure out whether you need a Port Authority/NY Thruway one or the “city” one. When I called to order my Green Pass (see below), it turns out that I have a city account and need to apply for the Port Authority one. (NOTE: You must register the tag before you use it, and please allow one day after you register for the information to make it into the system.)

There is no minimum amount you have to drive. Just mount it to your windshield (I suggest you put it in your glove compartment when not in use as you would any other valuable in your car), and save money! If you don’t feel like going online or you wanted an E-ZPass yesterday, there are various retailers where you can buy one. Again, you must register the E-ZPass and wait a day before using it.

There are some E-ZPass-related discounts that, if you’re not signed up for, you should be:

The Green Vehicle Plan

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While the Port Authority is planning to end its carpool plan (Why, Port Authority, why?), if you own a green vehicle (EV or hybrid), you can qualify for the Port Authority Green Pass Discount Plan…

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Solange

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