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E-ZPass

September 4, 2018, 9am PDT
Two things motorists detest: tolls and congestion. Tolls, if effectively applied, lessen congestion, but at a high cost to drivers. However, steep tolls also provide a political incentive to "fix the bottlenecks," as shown by the 66 Express Lanes.
WTOP
April 19, 2018, 6am PDT
The compelling reason behind Boston's looking at congestion pricing is traffic congestion, unlike Seattle where it is being viewed as a major way to reduce greenhouse gas reductions and fund public transit.
IBTTA Tolling Points
October 10, 2017, 9am PDT
The lanes are in use now, operating as High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes during peak hours. Come December, solo-occupant vehicles will be able to use the converted lanes, providing they have E-ZPass transponders. However, there are some losers.
The Washington Post
August 29, 2017, 6am PDT
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was not an early endorser of congestion pricing. Why the sudden embrace, particularly when Mayor Bill de Blasio is opposed? Turns out that electronic tolling technology, embraced by the MTA, appears to have moved the governor.
The New York Times
August 14, 2017, 5am PDT
The $500 million, eight-mile extension, mostly paid by private funds and express lane tolls, broke ground August 9. Transurban, the private company in the public-private partnership, will pay $15 million annually for public transit improvements.
Planetizen
July 3, 2016, 1pm PDT
Two axles is two axles, doesn't matter whether the vehicle is motorized or not. However, cyclists will be restricted as to when they can cross the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) over the Susquehanna River when it opens to cyclists July 1.
Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) News Release
November 24, 2014, 1pm PST
Perhaps known more for high tolls than beauty, the Verrazano Narrows bridge turned 50 on November 21. Staten Islanders expected the high tolls to end when the bridge was paid for.
The New York Times N.Y. / Region
September 10, 2013, 6am PDT
It's the state transportation version of an hotel tax - increase a fee predominantly paid by outsiders. However, increasing and extending the toll on the West Virginia Turnpike won't be sufficient to meet all of the state's transportation needs.
The Charleston Gazette
September 19, 2011, 12pm PDT
Over the vociferous objections of AAA, cash tolls on all Port Authority of NY & NJ bridges and tunnels jumped $4 on Sept. 18 to $12. However, discounts for electronic toll collection, low emission vehicles, and off-peak travel are considerable.
Los Angeles Times
January 18, 2010, 9am PST
NYC would certainly not be the first, but the Henry Hudson Bridge would be one of the most significant bridges to go to all-electronic fare collection. No E-ZPass? No worry - your license will be photographed and you'll get the bill in the mail.
The New York Times - N.Y./Region