For years the MTA has made purchasing MetroCards convenient as they are available at many places outside of the system whether it be in a drug store, gas station, grocery store, etc…. Now they plan on bringing the same convenience to their E-Z Pass tags as starting by the end of the year, you will be able to purchase $30 “E-ZPass on the Go” at many locations including gas stations & pharmacies. New York Daily News transit reporter Pete Donohue has the brief report:
Getting an E-ZPass is about to get a lot easier.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels plans on selling $30 “E-ZPass on the Go” tags at corner stores, gas stations and pharmacies citywide – similar to NYC Transit’s MetroCard sales, officials said Wednesday.
“We are making it as convenient as possible to try E-ZPass because the more tags in use, the faster the trip through the toll plaza for everyone,” said acting Bridges and Tunnels President David Moretti, noting that 75% of motorists already use the technology.
Purchasers will have 48 hours to convert the new tags into permanent E-ZPasses by registering in an MTA account. If they choose not to, only $20 can be used for tolls, with $10 withheld as a tag deposit.
The new tags will be available by the end of the year.
Making the purchase of E-Z Pass tags more convenient is long overdue if you ask me. However lets focus on a good idea being implemented instead of never at all.
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