Demand for E-ZPass increasing in Hampton Roads

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by Janet Roach, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 7:21 PM

CHESAPEAKE-- Demand for E-ZPass transponders is picking up in Hampton Roads.

When the Gilmerton Bridge closed for repairs, commuters flocked to the Jordan Bridge, which has a $4 toll each way but is only $2 with an E-ZPass.

E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection system that automatically deducts tolls from your prepaid account. The system is used in at least 13 states, mainly along the East Coast.

Betty Keel uses the Gilmerton Bridge every day but when it closed for upgrades, she wanted to sign up for E-ZPass. It cost Keel $35 but that money goes towards the cost of tolls. 

She also had to mount an electronic transponder to her windshield, but you can transfer your transponder from car to car as long as you list all vehicles on your account.

She says it might be hard to get used to, but it will pay off in the end.

"It's going to be hard for a while but I've seen them all up and down the East Coast, so it's going to be a big help," says Keel.

Jordan Bridge General Manager Kevin Crum is set up at the base of the Jordan bridge selling transponders. He says as many as 150 E-ZPass transponders were sold in one day.

"Once you set up account you can point it towards your debit or credit card. I think you can mail your payment in as well," explains Crum.

Eventually, E-ZPass will be the method of choice for collecting tolls on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels. Tolls take effect at those crossings in 2014.

Click here for more information on how to apply for an E-ZPass.

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