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Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) Announces E-Z Pass QuickStart Program

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July 14, 2003

Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) Announces E-Z Pass QuickStart Program

Commuters can purchase E-Z Pass at the I-78 Toll Bridge Welcome Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 14, 2003
CONTACT: Linda Spalinksi - (267) 790-1006

Bucks County, PA (July 14, 2003) - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced the start of the "E-Z Pass QuickStart" Program at the I-78 Bridge. Car customers can purchase E-Z Pass at the "Quick Start" location starting Tuesday, July 15, 2003 with out getting out of their vehicles. The "QuickStart " program will run Tuesdays through Thursdays, 3PM to 7PM at the service area at the westbound approach to the I-78 Bridge Toll Booths and is available for passenger vehicles only. Commuters can follow the messages on the variable message boards on the side of the road, as well as the banner that will be hung on the overpass east of the toll plaza.

Commission customer service representatives will be on location to help customers complete a simple application form. Customers will pay $25 to open a QuickStart account and drive away with an active E-Z PASS tag with $25 in toll credit.

"The commission is pleased to be able to offer this expanded service to our customers," states Frank G. McCartney, Executive Director of the Commission, "With increased E-Z Pass penetration, traffic congestion will be reduced allowing for overall safer travel and less commuter travel time."

With E-Z Pass, commuters save time and money on their commute. E-Z Pass allows the commission to process up to 1,000 cars per hour, compared to 400 cars per hour using the current system of automatic coin machine lanes or manual cash lanes.

The one remaining automatic coin machine lane, located to the far left of the I-78 toll plaza, will be eliminated on September 2, 2003. This lane will become a dedicated E-Z Pass cars only lane. The commission has eliminated automatic coin machine lanes on all other toll bridges over the last 2 months, as part of their Phase II E-Z Pass implementation to decrease traffic congestion.

The cash toll for the I-78 toll bridge is $1.00. With E-Z Pass, customers get an automatic 20% discount. The commission also offers a discount plan for customers who travel 20 trips over a 35 day period. This plan gives frequent travelers an additional 20% discount, on top of the automatic 20% E-Z pass discount.

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

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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