Delaware River Joint Bridge adds admin fee, cuts discounts to raise 7% more
By Peter Samuel
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) is imposing a $1/month administration fee and trimming discounts for E-ZPass electronic tolling in order to raise an extra $5m/yr to compensate for dropping traffic. That's about a 7% addition to toll revenue of $85m in 2007.
Eliminated on January 1 will be:
- 20% casual discount presently given to all E-ZPass transponder users
- 5% peak discount for trucks and other commercial vehicles with E-Pass
Being reduced is:
- the off-peak discount for trucks using E-ZPass goes from 15% now to 10%
Unchanged is the Frequent E-ZPass discount of 40% for 20 trips or more across a Commission toll bridge within a 35 day period. It reduces the base toll from 75c to 45c.
In a statement Frank G McCartney, the Commission's executive director says: "The DRJTBC has long maintained one of the most motorist-friendly E-ZPass programs in the region, even as other toll agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey began charging fees and cutting discounts years ago. While the changes are the first since the Commission began offering E-ZPass in November 2002, the Commission made it an absolute priority to maintain a commuter discount and an off-peak discount for truckers."
BACKGROUND: DRJTBC was formed by the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 1934. It operates seven toll bridges and 13 free or 'toll-supported' bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans. The Commission's jurisdiction extends along the Delaware River from the Philadelphia-Bucks County line north to the New Jersey/New York border. The bridges carried about 141 million vehicle trips in 2007.