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For Immediate Release: 08/02/18
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 | public.info@thruway.ny.gov

 

NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF E-ZPASS ON NEW YORK’S ROADWAYS

E-ZPass On-the-Go Tags Sold at More than 840 Retail Locations Statewide, Thruway Service Areas, and Select Thruway Cash Toll Lanes

E-ZPass is the Fastest, Most Convenient, and Cost-Effective Way to Travel New York’s Toll Roads

The New York State Thruway Authority today celebrated the 25th anniversary of the implementation of E-ZPass in New York State. Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll marked the occasion Thursday at the Thruway’s latest E-ZPass On-the-Go “pop-up” sale at the Pattersonville Service Area.

“For 25 years, drivers have been enjoying the benefits of E-ZPass which include saving time and money while traveling the New York State Thruway,” Executive Director Driscoll said. “With the entire Thruway system going cashless by the end of 2020, I encourage all motorists to join the millions already reaping these benefits by signing up for E-ZPass and start saving today.”

E-ZPass was first implemented in New York State in 1993 at the Thruway’s Spring Valley Toll Barrier (I-87 in the Lower Hudson Valley region.) E-ZPass was also introduced at the Tappan Zee Bridge and Grand Island Bridges in 1993 and was accepted along the entire 570-mile super highway by 1997. E-ZPass is now accepted at all of New York’s tolling locations and 16 states nationwide.

As Governor Cuomo announced in his 2018 State of the State address, the entire New York State Thruway system will be converted to cashless tolling by the end of 2020. Currently, the Thruway’s Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and Grand Island Bridges are cashless tolling locations and the Thruway Authority's remaining fixed toll barriers in the lower Hudson Valley will be converted by the end of 2018.

To increase awareness of cashless tolling and E-ZPass, the Thruway Authority has held more than a dozen pop-up E-ZPass On-the-Go sales at Thruway Service Areas and local fairs and events. The Thruway Authority will also be selling E-ZPass On-the-Go tags during the entire Great New York State Fair in Syracuse August 22 – September 3, 2018 from our booth in the Center of Progress Building. In March 2018, the Thruway Authority also unveiled an E-ZPass marketing campaign featuring videos with Buffalo Bills Running Back Thurman Thomas.

In 2017, approximately 76 percent of all toll transactions on the New York State Thruway were with E-ZPass, a two percent increase over the prior year. Currently, there are more than four million customers with a Thruway E-ZPass tag, accounting for nearly 200 million trips each year. In comparison, at the end of 1993, there were only 39,360 Thruway E-ZPass tags, accounting for more than 2.8 million trips.

Other notable E-ZPass milestones include:

  • 1997: Thruway issues its 250,000 E-ZPass tag
  • 1999: NY E-ZPass awarded Excellence in Highway Design Award from Federal Highway Administration
  • 2001: E-ZPass Plus established allowing customers to use E-ZPass tag to park at select airports
  • 2004: E-Pass On-the-Go Retail Program piloted in Service Areas
  • 2006: E-ZPass On-the-Go offered at AAA locations and grocery and convenience stores
  • 2011: E-ZPass On-the-Go program hits 500 retail locations across New York state
  • 2016: E-ZPass On-the-Go retail program sells more than 100,000 retail tags in one year
  • 2018: E-ZPass tags sold in Thruway toll lanes

All drivers, regardless of residency, can sign up for a New York E-ZPass account at www.E-ZPassNY.com or at E-ZPass Customer Service Centers

E-ZPass On-the-Go tags can also be purchased at 26 Thruway Service Areas, more than 840 locations across the state including select grocery and convenience stores, and government offices, and select cash lanes at more than 50 toll plazas across the Thruway’s 570-mile system which spans from New York City to Buffalo and the Pennsylvania state line. 

Along with a five percent discount along the entire Thruway system, E-ZPass offers a variety of discount plans and payment options to fit the needs of every motorist. E-ZPass offers commuter discounts which can save motorists hundreds of dollars each year. To learn how much you can save, use the Thruway’s Annual Permit Comparison Calculator.

Customers can sign up for E-ZPass discount plans such as Pay Per Trip, which is linked to a bank account, not a credit card, and pays tolls incurred once per day and a prepaid E-ZPass account balance is not required.

Customers can also pay their account by credit card, bank account, check or money order.

Sign up for a Thruway E-ZPass account visit www.thruway.ny.gov/getezpass.

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