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Old 07-08-2015, 08:21 AM   #1
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Tolls/ezpass transponders while traveling?

Hi:

There's no category for 'tolls while on the road' that I could see. And I'm now researching that bit for my upcoming trip.

What do you do for a toll pass if you live in, say South Dakota, but you travel EVERYWHERE else---East, West, Central, South....etc?

Advice needed and appreciated. I've spoken with NY Ezpass which covers only 14 states and I spoke with IPass from IL, and they cover only 14 states (pretty much the same ones as Ezpass).

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Old 07-08-2015, 08:28 AM   #2
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It is an evolving coordination between states. One just has to try and keep up with integration efforts. Otherwise, one just has to pay at the window.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:31 AM   #3
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I-PASS and E-ZPass

I-PASS and E-ZPass can be used interchangeably and are accepted in 15 states by 26 toll agencies. Rates and discounts are set by individual facilities. Please visit their websites through the E-ZPass facilities page for specific information.

Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority
Burlington County Bridge Commission
Delaware Department of Transportation
Delaware River and Bay Authority
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
Delaware River Port Authority
Illinois Tollway
Indiana Toll Road Concession Company, LLC
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Maryland Transportation Authority
Maine Turnpike Authority
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels
New Hampshire Department of Transportation
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
New York State Bridges Authority
New York State Thruway Authority
Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
North Carolina Turnpike Authority
Ohio Turnpike Commission
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority
Skyway Concession Company
South Jersey Transportation Authority
Virginia Department of Transportation
West Virginia Parkway Authority
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I have an ezpass and they work at the same locations as the ipass, and I have been able to use it everywhere in the eastern U.S. There is a good article on EZPass on Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-ZPass


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Old 07-08-2015, 08:32 AM   #5
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Also, this answers a question from a prior thread:

"If you have an I-PASS and are driving a motorcycle or pulling a trailer, you may use the open road tolling lanes. The correct toll will be automatically calculated and deducted from your account."
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Man, there are a lot of toll roads back east. Thanks for the list so I can avoid them.

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Man, there are a lot of toll roads back east. Thanks for the list so I can avoid them.

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We have an IPass and a SunPass for Florida and I think one other state. We were told (don't quote me) that in the near future all of the states need to coordinate or reciprocate their individual passes. I won't hold my breath.
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No toll passes of any kind, thankfully tolls are rare in the parts of the country I usually travel. When I do come across one I stop and pay cash. Cussing ( to myself) the whole time.
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:49 AM   #10
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From EZPass user

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.

HERE 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.
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We have an IPass and a SunPass for Florida and I think one other state. We were told (don't quote me) that in the near future all of the states need to coordinate or reciprocate their individual passes. I won't hold my breath.
You are correct uncle sugar has mandated (with no funding)that all state toll passes should be interoperable. Florida has been promising it for about two years now. So we will see. We have a PA I-Pass for the 14 northern states and a Sun pass for florida they work great and you get a discount in many states. With that said the toll roads are pricey when traveling with your trailer. We aviod them when pratical. Also some of the toll bridges in the northeast will reach deep into your pocket but most only collect in one direction. So with a little reasearch and a little extra time you can save a bunch of $$.
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There are differences, as Tireman says. For I-pass:
1)no fee. You do put down a $10 refundable deposit for the transponder
2)I keep $40 as the replenish amount, as I use it a lot for business travel.
3)One can keep MULTIPLE vehicles on the easily updatable website for one transponder.
4)If the transponder is left in vehicle A and you are driving vehicle B, they simply snap a photo, cross it with your account registered vehicle(s) plates and charge your account with no penalty.
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FYI. In PA if one has a truck (car) and trailer one needs a transponder that is designate as such. Instead of the white ones the RV unit is blue and there is a different code for the number of axles one has in total. The only enforcement is done by the State Police and if caught using the incorrect transponder the fines can be up to $1,000.00. I called Harrisburg on this, called EZ Pass on this and talked to my neighbor who is an LT in the State Police. Each state is different.
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We have always had two Florida Sun Passes, one for each tow vehicle. We use them quite often in our travels around Florida. Sun Pass has recently interfaced with toll roads in North Carolina. We are hoping to see that expanded to other states in the near future. We try to avoid tolls when possible, but have found that sometimes it costs more to avoid the tolls than pay them. What we like about the electronic toll systems is that you don't have to wait in line to pay them money.

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