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May 23, 2005 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 23, 2005
CONTACT: Pete Peterson  - (215) 893-4297

MORRISVILLE, PA - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today that it will end the toll ticket and token redemption program effective July 1, 2005. The program has provided refunds to truckers and commuters since the inception of electronic toll collection on Commission bridges in December 2003.

Before the electronic toll collection system was implemented in December 2003, commuters could obtain discounted tokens and trucking companies could purchase toll tickets to be used as fare for bridge crossings. The redemption program was designed to refund any driver who had unusable tickets or tokens in their possession. To date, the Commission has approximately $2.5 million worth of tokens in its possession, many of which were collected from the public during the course of the redemption program. During the past year, very few requests for refunds were made, prompting the Commission's decision to curtail the redemption program.

When it was accepted as fare, a token was valued at $.10 and two tokens were required for a commuter to cross a Commission toll bridge. Toll tickets range in value from $.25 to $4.00 and have been issued at various times over the past 40 years.

"The redemption program was an effective and fair way for trucking companies and commuters to exchange outdated toll tickets and tokens for a monetary value," said Frank McCartney, Executive Director of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. "The Commission has decided to end the redemption program as of July 1, 2005, a year and a half after its introduction, due to decreased usage of the program. Any driver who currently holds tokens or tickets has more than a month to exchange them at Commission district offices."

Any person in possession of Commission toll tickets or tokens that would like to request a refund can do so at the following district offices, located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, until July 1, 2005:

New Hope-Lambertville Easton-Phillipsburg
2492 River Road Rt. 22 Bridge Plaza
Solebury, PA 18938 Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

I-78 Portland-Columbia
14400-1 Cedarville Rd. Rt. 611 & Toll Plaza
Easton, PA 18042 Portland, PA 18351

Delaware Water Gap Milford-Montague
Rt. 611 & Delaware Ave. Routes 206 & 209
Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327 Milford, PA 18337

Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
110 Wood Street
Morrisville, PA 19067

About the Commission

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, formed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and state of New Jersey in 1934, operates seven toll and 11 vehicular and two pedestrian toll-supported (free) bridges along the Delaware River from Trenton-Morrisville to the New York border. These bridges carry more than 135 million cars and trucks each year. For more information about the Commission and its various initiatives to deliver safer and more convenient bridge travel for its customers, please see: www.drjtbc.org.

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