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March 5, 2013

Yep, new fares for NYC buses, NYC subways, Metro-North Railroad, LIRR Railroad, and NYC bridges and tunnels.

Effective March 3, 2013:

NYC Subway & NYC Bus

  • Base Single Ride Fare: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50 → $.25 increase
  • Single Ticket Fare: Increase from $2.50 to $2.75 → $.25 increase (Sold at vending machines only. Must be used within 2 hours, no transfers included)
  • Monthly MetroCard/30-Day Unlimited: Increase from $104 to $112 → 7.7% or $8 increase
  • 7-Day Unlimited: $30.00
  • 7-Day Express Bus Plus: $55.00
  • Express Bus: $6.00
  • Fee to Purchase New MetroCard $1, so save those used or expired NYC MetroCards and exchange them for a new one! Fee applies to each new MetroCard purchased at station booth, vending machine or commuter rail station.
  • Pay Per Ride Bonus: An additional 5% is added to your MetroCard with the purchase or addition of $5 or more.

Effective March 1, 2013, fares and tolls are also increased for these NYC bridges and tunnels: Read more…

December 7, 2012

The NYC MTA earned nearly $940 million in 2011 from tolls on its seven bridges and two tunnels. Some of that revenue was used to pay the toll-takers in the toll booths.

If you’re crossing the Henry Hudson Bridge to get from the Bronx to Manhattan, be prepared for ‘Cashless Tolling’. The toll rates are:

  • $2.20 with EZ Pass NY
  • $4.00 with EZ Pass NJ
  • $4.00 without any EZ Pass

If you don’t have an EZ Pass NY or EZ Pass NJ, drive through the toll. The cameras on the toll barrier will record license plates and the MTA will mail you a bill for the unpaid tolls. The bill will go to the address on the vehicle’s registration. If you don’t pay after the MTA sends you a second bill, you will get a $50 penalty and the bill could be turned over to a collections agency. You can look up your bill here by Violation, EZPass Tag Number, or your License Plate. 

This new process went into effect November 2012. Here’s how Cashless Tolling, or Tolls By Mail, works:

EZ Pass Cashless_Tolling,_Tolls_By_Mail

Read more…


EZ_Pass NY EZ Pass NJIf you have 3 or more people in your car, you can get a bigger EZ Pass discount at these Hudson River Crossings:

  • Lincoln Tunnel
  • Holland Tunnel
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Outerborough Crossing
  • Bayonne Bridge
  • Goethals Bridge

Rather than paying $10.25 during Peak Hours or $8.25 during Off-Peak Hours, all Carpool cars will pay just $4.25 – at all times!

How to Earn the EZ Pass Carpool Discount Plan Read more…

December 1, 2012

EZ_Pass for Home PageEffective December 2, 2012 at 3am, you’ll be paying more for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) tolls. These PANYNJ tolls apply to the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, and the Outerbridge Crossing.

Peak Hours: $10.25 with E-ZPassNY or E-ZPass NJ

  • $4.25 for vehicles with 3 or more people
  • $4.75 for Green Pass/Low Emission vehicle
  • Mon – Fri, 6-10am, 4-8pm
  • Sat – Sun, 11am – 9pm

Off-Peak Hours: $8.25 with E-ZPassNY or E-ZPass NJ

  • $4.25 for vehicles with 3 or more people
  • $10.25 for Green Pass/Low Emission vehicle
  • Mon – Fri, midnight – 6am, 10am – 3pm, 8pm – midnight

Cash, $13.00 at all times

  • Cash customers traveling overnight (11 p.m. – 6 a.m. Sundays – Thursdays, 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays) must use the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. The lower level and the Palisades Interstate Parkway approaches are restricted to E-ZPass customers only.
September 25, 2012

The East side of NYC is in a major gridlock this week with the UN General Assembly, with checkpoints, gridlocks, and closed streets. When you add in all the meetings, dinners, TV shows, and parties that the world’s leaders are going to, the entire city becomes a maze of detours and frustration. Just last Saturday night after midnight, a NYC police officer did not allow me to cross 6th Ave at 54th St because ‘6th Avenue was being closed’. Undeterred, I calmly walked across 54th St and hopped in a taxi up 6th Ave, then waved to the police officer as I passed him.

WNYC has done a great set of interviews covering how technology can help us improve NYC traffic and transportation.

Types of Technology Being Used

NYC has spent $300mm on hightech ‘toys’ that make transportation better. An interview with Transportation Nation’s Alex Goldmark shares information about:

Midtown in Motion — this program comprises NYC’s most congested 200 square blocks. Read more…

August 20, 2012

E-Z PassIt’s  E-ZPass in states including NY, NJ, CT, and PA, but it’s a Sun Pass down in Florida and the Fast Pass in MA. Easier times are coming, though. The E-Z Pass Group has just voted to allow ‘outside toll’ systems as ‘Affiliate Members’, which means that you’ll be able to use your NY E-ZPass or NJ E-ZPass in a number of other states.

So if you live in Florida, Texas, California. Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, or Washington, this is good news for you.


Filed under: Driving & Traffic News,E-Z Pass — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 5:18 pm
July 9, 2012
NYC Midtown in Motion traffic congestion diagram

NYC Midtown in Motion real-time information

Big Brother just got bigger. Remember back in July 2011 when NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) installed 100 microwave sensors, 32 traffic video cameras and E-ZPass readers at 23 intersections to measure traffic speeds covering a 110-block area from 2nd – 6th Aves & 42nd – 57th Sts to fix NYC traffic? What is now being referred to as the ‘first phase’ resulted in an overall 10% improvement in travel times on all the Aves (based on E-ZPass readers and taxi GPS data), so DOT just announced Phase II — which expands the ‘Midtown in Motion’ area to Midtown from 1st – 9th Aves and 42nd – 57th Sts.

Midtown in Motion uses all these sensors, NYC traffic cameras and E-ZPass reader data to adjust Midtown traffic signal patterns, unplug bottlenecks and smooth the flow of traffic.

The Phase II area will now cover 270 square blocks and will include an additional 110 microwave sensors, 24 traffic video cameras, and 36 E-ZPass readers. It will be fully operational this September.

Something to Think About: We’re not sure how we feel about NYC being able to read the E-ZPass tags we keep in our cars. Is NYC using the data in aggregate, or can the readers identify individual E-ZPass tags and vehicles?

Phase I was funded by a $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Transportation’s Read more…

September 14, 2011

So you have your spiffy new EZ Pass from NJ and you fly through the toll for any of these bridges or tunnels, only to get your EZ Pass statement and see that you’ve been charged the Cash toll rate.

  • Bronx – Whitestone Bridge
  • Brooklyn Battery Tunnel
  • Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
  • Henry Hudson Bridge (No trucks permitted)
  • Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges
  • Memorial Bridge
  • Queens Midtown Tunnel
  • Triboro RFK Bridge
  • Throgs Neck Bridge
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

What happened?

Because you bought your EZ Pass tag from a New Jersey Customer Service Center, you are paying the Cash toll rate  instead of the EZ Pass rate.

Yes, this is true.

The MTA, which manages the Bronx Whitestone, Throgs Neck and Triboro RFK bridges, Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels, anticipates an additional $33 million from this change in 2011.


September 13, 2011

On September 18, 2011, E-ZPass and cash toll rates will increase for the Hudson River Crossings of the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, and Lincoln Tunnel.

The new rates will be: Read more…

September 7, 2011
Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Let’s say you have the choice of paying to use a tunnel or bridge for $6 or driving a little more and not paying at all. What do you do?

According to the NYC Department of Transportation, a lot of drivers are opting to save money. From 2008 to 2009, traffic volume for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, Henry Hudson Bridge, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and the Robert F. Kennedy (Triboro) Bridge all fell. As we’d expect, traffic volume increased on the 10 of the city’s free bridges in the same areas. There was also a toll increase for MTA-owned crossings in June 2009, either from $5 – $5.50 or $4.15  – $4.57. Check out these comparisons: Read more…

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