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DelDOT Announces Toll Increase Along I-95  
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7482 posts, RR: 24
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1687 times:

FYI, in short, the toll along I-95 at the Delaware-Maryland border will increase from $2 to $3 effective tomorrow, October 1. EZPass & HOV (carpool) discounts will be eliminated as well. Current EZPass toll rate is $1.25.

Received this today from a week e-mail from the Greater Valley Forge (PA) Transportation Management Association (Bold emphasis added):

DelDOT Announces Toll Increase Along I-95
“The Delaware Department of Transportation announces that effective October 1, 2005 new toll rates will go into effect at the I-95 Newark Toll Plaza. Additionally, all current E-ZPass discount plans will be eliminated and a new commercial vehicle discount plan will be created. None of these changes will affect the toll rate sructure or the E-ZPass benefits for the toll facilities along Delaware State Route 1. Discount plans being eliminated at the I-95 Newark Toll Plaza include the standard discount offered to all E-ZPass customers and the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) plan. Personalized letters were sent to about 1,000 customers enrolled in the HOV program to inform them of this change. Commercial vehicles (those vehicles with three or more axles) enrolled in the E-ZPass program transiting the I-95 Newark Plaza between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. will receive a 75% discount off the normal rate. The current toll rates on I-95 went into effect on January 4, 1999. Since then most neighboring states have found it necessary to increase their toll rates, some as much as 100%. At this time, an increase in Delaware tolls on I-95 has become a necessity due to both inflation and reduction of funds in the budget.

New toll rates on I-95, Effective October 1, 2005 are:

# of Axles / Old Rate / New Rate / New Commercial Night Discount (10 p.m. - 6 a.m.)

2 / $2.00 / $3.00 / N/A
3 / $2.50 / $5.00 / $1.25
4 / $3.75 / $6.00 / $1.50
5 / $5.00 / $8.00 / $2.00
6 / $6.25 / $10.00 / $2.50

For more information, visit DelDOT's webiste at www.deldot.net, tune into WTMC-AM 1380, call the Delaware E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 1-888-397-2773, or visit the website at www.EZPassDE.com.


What makes this increase so outrageous you might ask, let me count the ways:

1. Toll increases are one thing but to eliminate of any form of EZPass and HOV discounts at a time of record-high gas prices makes absolutely no sense and clearly sends the wrong message to motorists. It essentially eliminates any incentive for car-pooling or motorists to sign up for EZPass as a means of reducing pollution and gas consumption by idling in the conventional cash toll lanes.

2. Until I received this e-mail, there was absolutely no mention of this toll increase ever occuring. Past toll increases were reported in newscasts and newspapers throughout the Delaware Valley (region includes Greater Philadelphia, Trenton & Wilmington). Coincidentally, I just happen to be heading over to North East, Maryland this weekend (leaving tonight, returning Sunday afternoon/evening); as a protest to the EZPass discount elimination (I do have EZPass), I may just use exit off I-95 in Elkton and take either Route 2 or US 40 to get into Delaware.

3. No disrepect to any that may be truckers or in the trucking industry here, but it appears that much larger, heavier (and gas thirsty) multi-axle trucks will be getting all the toll discounts during the off-peak overnight hours despite the fact that these vehicles, over time, do cause much more wear on the road surface than any conventional vehicle. Why not extend the same discount courtesy to EZPass users like the New Jersey Turnpike does?

[Edited 2005-09-30 17:03:45]


"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

Quoting PHLBOS (Thread starter):
Why not extend the same discount courtesy to EZPass users like the New Jersey Turnpike does?

Not any more! Governor Squeeze me, sorry McGreevey did away with all toll discounts in NJ when he kicked Worldcom out from running the EZPass system.

If they didn't give the truckers discounts, the Delaware Government would not get their bribes from the truckers unions.

Even with the increase in Delaware it still makes it cheaper in tolls for me to go to DC than it does to go to JFK. With a $9 each way toll to get across Staten Island, plus the parkway and Turnpike tolls it becomes very expensive!


User currently offlineNUair From Malaysia, joined Jun 2000, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

How long is that toll road like 30 miles?

Amazing that it costs that much to maintain a small piece of road (and bridge)where as I can drive all the way through Ohio or Illinois for the same price...or Wisconsin, Minnesota and many other states for free.

Delaware is just screwing over the users of 95! Can the feds just divert that tiny section of 95 to route 1?



"How Many Assholes we got on this ship?" - Lord Helmet
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7482 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

Quoting BigOrange (Reply 1):
Quoting PHLBOS (Thread starter):
Why not extend the same discount courtesy to EZPass users like the New Jersey Turnpike does?

Not any more! Governor Squeeze me, sorry McGreevey did away with all toll discounts in NJ when he kicked Worldcom out from running the EZPass system.

Wrong!  no 

I just checked my EZPass statement for the New Jersey Turnpike tolls that incurred during the Aug. 6 A.net NYC meet (I was the one driving the Philly guys). The rates that were charged on my EZPass accounts were indeed the discounted rates: example, I was charged $1.70 for entering at Exit 6 and leaving at Exit 10; the standard cash rate is $2.50

New Jersey Turnpike Toll Schedule

I do know that a $1/month fee was imposed sometime back along with the elimination of EZPass toll discounts along the Garden State Parkway. I don't believe tha the New Jersey Turnpike EZPass discounts were touched since the system was established. I do know that the Atlantic City Expressway also still offers a discounted EZPass toll rate.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
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