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.
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.