Originally Posted by hoppers4
I'll be headed to New Hampshire from Washington State soon. I'll be taking the northern route and will no doubt be on some of the toll Turnpikes. Is it worthwhile for me get an EZ Pass and if so, from which state?
This will just be a one time trip and it's doubtful I'll be using the pass again after the trip. It doesn't look like any states west of Illinois uses this system.
In your case it may not be worth it, esp. for a one-time use. But here's a map of the E-ZPass system:
I literally just bought one - the transponder is right in front of me on my desk as I type this. You can buy one transponder and use it in any of your vehicles. The E-Z Pass system is supposed to automatically charge you the correct toll for your rig, usually based on number of axles, up to a certain gvw. It knows whether you're towing or not.
Most of our travel is in state covered by E-ZPass, so it was pretty much a no-brainer. You get discounts for using E-ZPass - not huge, but it adds up.
When I signed up, I registered the license plates of all of my vehicles, including the TT, as the system also can charge you based on your license plate if it fails to read your transponder for some reason. I figured the TV's plate would be almost impossible to read when I'm towing, so I included the TT's plate number.
Advantages: You don't have to have cash handy for tolls, and don't have to wait in line for the toll booths.
As I understand it, basically it's a pre-deposit system. E-ZPass will automatically access your credit card (for example) and replenish the $$$ in your account when the balance dips below a predetermined amount.
Safe travels, and I hope this helps!