Been using EZPass for a number of years. It saves time and $.
For example If I travel Ohio Tpk for whole distancs I save $8.50 in my "Class 2" motorhome In Indiana I save $5.55
Different states have different policies and IPass is basically the same as EZ except the name so will simply say EZ.
- There are many times when the EZ doesn't even require you to slow below 55 while everyone else has to exit and get in line. Also I find the EZ lane both on and off turnpike has no line or shorter line as no one in your line is stopping and fumbling for change only slowing to maybe 5 or 10 mph.
- Many times the EZ rate is lower than the cash rate (sometimes its the same)
- I have seen some exits that are closed late at night unless you have EZ as there is no toll taker working that exit.
- Exact change is required at some exits but that is never a problem with EZ
Now there is one significant difference between the programs as offered by various states and these differences seem to be changing so you do need to do a little research.
Some states have a fee for the transponder. Others have an annual fee for the transponder. After shopping around I found that Massachusetts only requires you keep $20 credit in your account which would be refunded if/when you cancel your "membership" so really no fee at all.
When you register you provide a credit card that they use to keep your account topped up. Even having toll charges greater than $20 in a single day has never been a problem as they do the "top up" at night so theoretically I have exceeded the $20 in my account but still could use the "charge" feature as the system allowed me to keep using the transponder.
Other states may have similar "no fee" but once I found Mass I went with them even though I live in Ohio.
Now you need to remember you are registering a vehicle system. By this I mean you can't move the transponder from your car to your motorhome or to the truck pulling the trailer.
is the link to the Mass program page
This is what Mass says about trailers
"Can I use the transponder I received for my car to tow a trailer?
You may use the transponder from your passenger vehicle to tow a trailer providing that you list the trailer plate number on your account. E-ZPass MA lanes will automatically count the number of axles and charge your account accordingly. Outside of Massachusetts, you will need to go through a multi-mode lane (one that accepts both cash and E-ZPass) in order for the toll attendant to reclassify your tag for that toll transaction. You may also request a second transponder programmed for the total number of axles for towing a trailer. Remember to keep one of the transponders in a foil pouch to prevent both from reading when you have both of the transponders with you.?
Also see FAQ#24 re Motorhomes
There is a drop down list for vehicle type with options such as
Car-Normal service, Motorhome and Trailer.
You can call Customer service to get clarification if you expect to always use the car and trailer situation.
So if you are always towing then you can get one transponder
I don't have any involvement with the EZ system other than I am a user.
Do your research.