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E-ZPass savings for commuters next month, but what about truck drivers?

ezpass072210_optBY WENDY EKUA QUANSAH
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It’s a celebratory time for N.Y./N.J. E-ZPass commuters who heard good news that goes into effect next month.

On Sunday, Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced commuters who ride over the Goethals and Bayonne Bridges and Outerbridge Crossing will save on tolls under a new plan, reported The Wall Street Journal.

Effective Feb. 1, participants will pay $47.50 for 10 trips in a 30-day period, or $4.75 per round trip, compared to the standard rate of $9.50. Its projected drivers who commute on average five times a week would save almost $1,200 on E-ZPass rush hour tolls and $1,800 off cash tolls in a year.

The plan was developed in response to complaints from Staten Islanders who said evading toll hikes were virtually impossible due to limited mass transit on the island.

As reported by The Star Ledger, both Governors said, “You asked for relief and we delivered.”

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) told truckers a similar commute cut was forthcoming.

According to the Ledger, Grimm said, “I will continue to work with the governor and his staff to ensure that this much-needed relief is also brought to our local businesses, especially our container port, so that Staten Island’s economy can remain competitive and viable."

 
Comments (1)
1 Monday, 23 January 2012 17:36
MarieB
How about the rest of us schleps stuck driving the Parkway? I go through 3 tolls in total (none of which lead to another state) and I'm stuck with a $90 a MONTH bill.

HIGHWAY ROBBERY!

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