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Old 03-06-2016, 09:06 PM   #1
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Another EZ Pass question

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.
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Old 03-06-2016, 09:32 PM   #2
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I would say yes. If your route is I-90 through IL, IN, OH, PA, NY, MA, etc., a pass would be very helpful. Much of that route are toll roads. In many states a pass gives you a small discount on the toll as compared to the cash rate. Plus the convenience of zipping through a Pass lane which usually have less (or no) backups. Some places (I-90 in IL and I-95 in NH to name two) have "Open Road Tolling" where you blow through certain lanes at highway speed, glancing over at the poor souls backed up in the cash lanes!

I have had an I-Pass from Illinois for many years. They have no monthly fee but you do pay a deposit for the transponder itself. You do not have to live there to obtain a pass, I live in Ohio. I have used my I-Pass in many states here in the east and have never had a problem having it accepted. I put it in the motorhome for traveling, move it to the toad when we get to a destination if any additional toll road travel is expected. Then back in the MH cab when we leave for home.

You set up an online account that the pass debits as you travel. I set mine up to tap my checking account when the balance gets to a certain point. I can also add funds manually prior to a trip to cover my anticipated tolls.
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I forgot to mention there is no contract, you can close your account and mail the pass back and have your deposit returned.
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Thanks Rob! I'm all about convenience and not having to wait in a toll line. I'll take a look at the Illinois EZ Pass web site.
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Wow, I was just researching the same thing today! We are traveling from WI out east and will be traveling through toll states almost all the way. Trying to figure out how the toll people know what to charge depending if I am towing the TT or not? Do I need two transponders one if I am towing and one if I am not?
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Hi all. We live in Illinois and the iPass is easy to use. Just stick it on your windshield. When you go through the open road tolling it takes your picture and sees the trailer and then charges accordingly. You don't have to tell them, and the iPass rate is 1/2 of the cash fee so you save a lot. Good luck and have fun on your trips.
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You only need one transponder in your tow vehicle. The toll booths (or Open Road Tolling where present) count your axles as you pass and "dings" your account the appropriate amount. And if you are tall (as motorhomes and trailers generally are) many states will also charge you at a higher rate than if you were just passing through in your car or pickup.

And some of the states offer a discount on the toll when you are using a pass, Illinois being one for sure. And as previously stated, generally there is little or no wait at the Pass lanes and if the state has Open Road Tolling no wait at all, you cruise through at highway speed. Illinois has Open Road Tolling, some parts of Pennsylvania on I-76, and New Hampshire on I-95.
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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:

https://www.paturnpike.com/toll/where_to_use_it.aspx

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!

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I would definitely recommend. We have the MA E-ZPass and it's been fantastic, and I also thing we've used it in just about every state that accepts it. Don't know if this is unique to MA or not, but I was told by E-ZPass MA that the transponder is tied to a specific vehicle/combination and they don't count axles. I therefore have two transponders, one for the TV alone, the second for the TV/TT combo - just have to remember to switch them out between trips
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I would definitely recommend. We have the MA E-ZPass and it's been fantastic, and I also thing we've used it in just about every state that accepts it. Don't know if this is unique to MA or not, but I was told by E-ZPass MA that the transponder is tied to a specific vehicle/combination and they don't count axles. I therefore have two transponders, one for the TV alone, the second for the TV/TT combo - just have to remember to switch them out between trips
That's why I registered all of my vehicles with the PA E-ZPass. As I understand it, the system *should* see my plate number and charge the correct toll. They contacted me for weight & axle count on my TT before sending me the transponder; my car, truck (TV) and TT are all registered to the transponder. Perhaps I should call them to verify that my understanding is correct!!!
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