If you're planning on traveling on the East Coast this summer, beware of those tolls when you leave your home state — even if you have E-ZPass.
That's because in most cases, out-of-state drivers must pay the full cash fee at toll barriers across the Eastern seaboard. It's not necessarily a new revelation, but AAA's Northeast Division has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, pleading for change and calling the practice unfair to out-of-state E-ZPass users.
Here in New York, the Thruway Authority eliminated a slight discount for out-of-state E-ZPass motorists this year. A Thruway Authority Spokesperson offered the following statement:
“The policy aligns with numerous other tolling agencies such as the NJ Turnpike, Maine Turnpike, Burlington County Bridge Commission, Delaware River Port Authority, Delaware River and Bay Authority, New Hampshire Turnpike, Illinois State Highway Authority, West Virginia Parkway, South Jersey Transportation Authority, MTA and Mass Turnpike. Anyone, regardless of their state of residency, can apply for a New York E-ZPass tag to receive discounts on our system and we encourage all motorists to sign-up to be eligible.”