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No maintenance fee transponder from FAST LANE - EZ-Pass

net_tech 23 14 February 9, 2012 at 01:31 PM in Travel (4)
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If you live in PA, NJ, NY, DE and pay EZ-Pass maintenance fees (~12/year), you can switch to FAST LANE and pay $0 maintenance.

FAST LANE works anywhere EZ-Pass works.

To sign up go to:

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/hi...ignUp.aspx

Make sure to select Massachusetts when you accept Terms & Conditions. This way you don't get redirected to your state EZ pass website.
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Last Edited by puzzleman June 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Mass DOT website [mtafastlane.com] states that FastLane will become EZ-Pass very shortly.
Name change, nothing else changes according to website!

For NYC:

Buy your E-ZPass On The Go at a local retailer like 7/11. There are no fees and you get discount on Port Authority bridges and tunnels. Your account can but does not have to be linked to a credit card. You pay $20 and you can use it instantly but your account has $10. Another $10 is credited to it when you link your credit card to it, which makes the transponder free.Correction>>E-ZPass-on-the-Go works like this: the customer purchases the pre-paid tag at the store and can use up to $20 to pay tolls immediately; $10 is a deposit on the tag. Once the tag has been used for the first time, the customer has two days (48 hours) to register the tag by going to the website www.ezpassny.com or calling a toll free number on the tag. If the tag is registered as an account linked to a credit card account, then the $10 deposit also becomes available for toll use. About 85% of E-ZPass users have accounts linked to their credit cards. If the tag is registered as an account to be paid by check or cash, then the $10 remains as a deposit for the tag.

I actually walked out of a store because they were saying it was $30 and the Wiki here said the cost was $20. They were not trying to rip me off for $10, whoever posted the original amt was incorrect. Total cost is $30 and you get the 10 back making it free after linking it to a cc card.

To find local retailers, go to http://www.ezpassonthego.com/

or http://www.mta.info/bandt/onthego...tions.html

or https://e-zpassny.com/en/onthego/locations.shtml

FYI. There are some discounts provided to EZPass users on some toll routes. Not all discounts are recognized by Fastlane transponders. Not sure if this is an option for everyone, but I had previously signed up for an EZPass Account in NH, and I do not pay service charges. I have both a Fastlane and EZPass transponder in my car and switch as needed.

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Quote from net_tech View Post :
If you live in PA, NJ, NY, DE and pay EZ-Pass maintenance fees (~12/year), you can switch to FAST LANE and pay $0 maintenance.

FAST LANE works anywhere EZ-Pass works.

To sign up go to:

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/hi...ignUp.aspx

Make sure to select Massachusetts when you accept Terms & Conditions. This way you don't get redirected to your state EZ pass website.


a terrible deal for those who use Port Authority of NY, no discounts on the major bridges and tunnels into/out of NYC. If you drive a lot, you'd save much more than the maint. fees by paying less for the tolls.
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I have never paid any maintenance fee on my EZ Pass for the 2-3 years I have had it.

There is fee?
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a terrible deal for those who use Port Authority of NY, no discounts on the major bridges and tunnels into/out of NYC. If you drive a lot, you'd save much more than the maint. fees by paying less for the tolls.
I second this. Going over the $6.50 bridges between boroughs costs me less than $5 with my NY EZ Pass.
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Quote from SUCHaDEAL View Post :
a terrible deal for those who use Port Authority of NY, no discounts on the major bridges and tunnels into/out of NYC. If you drive a lot, you'd save much more than the maint. fees by paying less for the tolls.
True - and on top of that if you opt in to the carpool plan (free) and ever drive into some tunnels/ bridges with 3 or more human heads in the car (babies included), you get significant discounts. I think it's $3.50 now instead of regular $12 cash toll in Holland Tunnel. It used to be $2 instead of $8.
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Anyone in PA try this yet? I only really use the PA turnpike and a couple other toll roads around New England and haven't gotten the EZPass because I think it's ridiculous to pay a fee for something that's saving the state money in the first place. But I digress. If someones successfully done this with FAST-LANE in PA, lemme know your experience.
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I live in pa too, anyone know the cheapest place to get a transponder?
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I have never paid any maintenance fee on my EZ Pass for the 2-3 years I have had it.

There is fee?
I think the fee apply if you have no activity for that month.
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I have never paid any maintenance fee on my EZ Pass for the 2-3 years I have had it.

There is fee?
There's a $1/month fee. You might want to check your statement.

Quote from jlg71680 View Post :
I second this. Going over the $6.50 bridges between boroughs costs me less than $5 with my NY EZ Pass.
WTF? There are bridges that are only $6.50? The freakin Verrazano is like $12! Not all bridges are equal. Mad
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I have been charged $1 a month every month since last couple of year now. irrespective of if i had activity on EZ-pass or not...
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I live in MD but bough my EZ-pass tranponder in NJ...i see a $1 fee every month on my account..i hardly use the EZ-pass but want to keep it if i can wave off that $1 fee...

Does MD charge you $1 fee? or is $1 fee charged irrespective of what state you are in?
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good deal for those who don't use Port Authority of NY.
FYI
You Don't Have To Buy An E-ZPass From The State Where You Live
http://consumerist.com/2011/03/yo...-live.html
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I just looked over my bill going back several months. I am in NY and I don't have any 1.00 charge outside of normal use. I heard about this a long time ago but never noticed a charge as of yet
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Quote from allstardeals View Post :
I live in MD but bough my EZ-pass tranponder in NJ...i see a $1 fee every month on my account..i hardly use the EZ-pass but want to keep it if i can wave off that $1 fee...

Does MD charge you $1 fee? or is $1 fee charged irrespective of what state you are in?
If you signed up with MD, they'll charge you a monthly $1 fee no matter where you are from. I live in MD and switched to MA's Fast Lane when MD started the whole $1 fee.

There was such a huge uproar when MD started charging the fee. When I had called MD's EZ Pass to cancel my account, they had said that tens of thousands of people had called and requested the same thing. Once cancelled, they credit your account back with the remaining balance in several days.
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