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December 19, 2013
Queensboro Bridge

Queensboro Bridge

Tired of NYC traffic and want to do something about it? Check out the group, Move NY, established to reduce NYC traffic in midtown NYC. Led by Sam Schwartz, former NYC DOT Commissioner, Move NY’s plan includes:

  • $5.33 E-ZPass toll to cross into Manhattan via these East River bridges: Queensboro Bridge/59th St Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge. These NYC bridges are currently free to use.
  • Reduce the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll to $5.66 with E-ZPass. The toll is currently $10.66.
  • Reduce the Triboro RFK Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge and Whitestone Bridge toll to $2.83 with E-ZPass. The current toll is $5.33 with E-ZPass.

The idea is to ease NYC traffic by discouraging drivers of commercial vehicles and private cars from motoring through some of the city’s most congested neighborhoods to reach the toll-free East River bridges.

Previous Congestion Pricing plans aimed to reduce midtown NYC traffic Read more…

Filed under: Congestion / Traffic Pricing — Tags: , , , — mtohn @ 6:05 pm
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 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…

August 23, 2011

image_ez_pass2The proposed $4 toll increases for E-ZPass on NYC’s Hudson River crossings didn’t pass, but a smaller increase did. For the George Washington Bridge, the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, and three Staten Island bridges: The Goethals, Bayonne and the Outerbridge Crossing, you’ll now be paying $1.50 more as of September 18, 2011:

  • Tolls for cars with E-ZPass will increase $1.50 in September and 75 cents each December from 2012 to 2015.
  • Drivers without E-ZPass will pay an additional $2 surcharge that will be rounded up to the nearest dollar to reduce the burden on toll-takers fumbling with quarters and encourage E-ZPass use.
  • Trucks with E-ZPass will pay an additional $2 per axle in September and another $2 per axle each December from 2012 to 2015.
  • Non E-ZPass trucks will have an additional $3 per axle cash penalty.
  • PATH fares, currently $1.75, will increase 25 cents a year for four years.


August 10, 2011

ez_pass_nj_logo1As of August 5, 2011, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is considering some pretty significant toll increases to use the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Bayonne Bridge, and PATH trains.  These increases would be the first since 2008.

Public Hearings are being held on Tuesday, August 16th, locations here. ez_pass_ny

What kind of increases are we talking about:

E-ZPass Off-Peak — increase from $6.00 to $10.00 in 2011, then to $12.00 in 2014

E-ZPass Peak — increase from $8.00 to $12.00 in 2011, then to $14.00 in 2014

Cash Tolls — increase from $8.00 to $15.00 in 2011, then to $17.00 in 2014

PATH Fares — increase from $1.75 per trip to $2.75 in 2011.  The fare for 10-, 20- and 40-trip SmartLink cards will increase from $1.30 per trip to $2.10 in 2011.  The 1-day pass will increase from $6.00 to $8.25 in 2011.  The 7-day pass will increase from $18.00 to $29.00 in 2011.  The 30-day pass will increase from $54.00 to $89.00 in 2011.  The senior fare will remain $1.00.

Is there any good news in this?

The Port Authority predicts that these increases will fund its 10-year, $33 billion capital plan, and bring 167,000 jobs and $9.7 billion in wages to the area.

The AAA strongly objects to these increases.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are expected to reject the proposal.

Read the full article in Crains New York Business.com

Here’s the full, detailed proposal.