Drivers who have E-ZPass accounts in other states soon will not get off-peak discounts when they pass through New Jersey.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority on Tuesday voted unanimously to end the discounts, spokesman Tom Feeney said. The change will go into effect July 1 and will affect passenger vehicles traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The authority estimated that E-ZPass users who set up their accounts in other states will now pay about 34 percent more during off-peak travel through New Jersey. New Jersey E-ZPass customers will not be affected by the change. Off-peak hours are defined as anytime Monday through Friday except for 7 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The new rates would raise an estimated $16 million a year, Feeney said. Projections for July 1 through the end of the year were not available. Anyone can set up an E-ZPass account in New Jersey, even nonresidents, and E-Z-Pass customers can have accounts in more than one state. - AP