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August 14, 2003

Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) Announces Phase II E-Z Pass Program on Schedule

Automatic Coin Machine Lanes eliminated upon completion of Phase II

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 14, 2003

Bucks County, PA (May 16, 2003) - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has announced the E-Z Pass Phase II program is on schedule for completion for June 1, 2003. In addition, the remaining automatic coin machines will be eliminated as Phase II goes live. (Reference Schedule below)

On July 12, 2002 the Commission authorized Transcore (Lane Integrator) and ACS (Customer Service Center) to deliver Phase 1 completion (One E-Z Pass lane) on November 30, 2002 and Phase II completion (All lanes E-Z Pass capable) on May 31st. The Commission is pleased to have accomplished a successful E-Z Pass operation on schedule and on budget.

Beginning June 1st, travelers will be able to use E-Z Pass in all lanes on all seven DRJTBC toll bridges listed below:

  • Trenton- Morrisville Toll Bridge
  • Easton-Phillipsburg / Route 22 Toll Bridge
  • Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge
  • Portland- Columbia Toll Bridge
  • Milford-Montague Toll Bridge
  • New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge1
  • I-78 Toll Bridge

Travelers must look for flashing yellow lights and purple E-Z Pass signs to help them navigate through the appropriate lanes.  Click here for Lane Configurations.

E-Z Pass will reduce commuter travel time by allowing DRJTBC to process up to 1,000 cars per hour, compared to 400 cars per hour using the current system of automatic coin lanes.

"The major goal of E-Z Pass in all lanes on all toll bridges is to relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality," states Frank McCartney, Executive Director, DRJTBC. "E -Z Pass in all lanes allows for our bridge crossings to become safer and more convenient."

A significant reduction in the use of the automatic coin machines has occurred since the activation of E-Z PASS in December of 2002. All automatic coin machines will be eliminated upon completion of Phase II of its E-Z PASS program.

Remaining automatic coin machines will be eliminated on the following toll bridges on the effective dates listed:

  • Easton Phillipsburg/ Route 22 Toll Bridge - Effective June 7th
  • Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge - Effective June 7th
  • I-78 Toll Bridge - Effective July 15th

Customers who do not already have E-Z PASS are urged to make application by calling 1-800 872-5061, or visiting www.ezpassdrjtbc.com.

Commission Facts about E-Z Pass Usage:

  • 42,192 E-Z Pass Transponders have been issued by DRJTBC
  • 26,164 Personal/ Private E-Z Pass accounts have been opened
  • 567 Commercial E-Z Pass Accounts have been opened
  • E-Z Pass Customer Service Center fields an average of 242 phone calls/ day
  • E-Z Pass Customer Service Center issues an average of 69 transponders/ day
  • E-Z Pass Customer Service Center opens an average of 38 accounts/ day
  • As of May 12, 2003 5 million E-Z Pass transactions have been processed

Commission Facts about E-Z Pass Penetration Rates:

  • Trenton Morrisville Toll Bridge 51%
  • New Hope Lambertville Toll Bridge 54%
  • I-78 Toll Bridge 47 %
  • Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge 49%
  • Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge 53%
  • Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge 47%
  • Milford Montague Toll Bridge 50%

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, formed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and state of New Jersey in 1934, operates seven toll and 13 toll supported bridges over the Delaware River from Trenton-Morrisville to the New York border.

For more information, please visit www.drjtbc.org

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