Drivers Must Decide Which E-ZPass Deal Is Best for Them

By Ron Shaffer
Thursday, November 17, 2005

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

You have observed that some states charge a monthly fee for E-ZPass and Maryland does not, suggesting that Maryland is the better choice.

There seems to be some question, however, whether drivers in the Maryland plan benefit from the discounted tolls that E-ZPass users get in some other states, such as New Jersey and New York.

If Maryland users don't get those discounts and travel regularly in those states, the "no-fee" Maryland plan can become a loser in just one or two trips. Can you clarify that point?

A related aside: Delaware recently raised its fees on Interstate 95 to $3 and eliminated the discount previously granted E-ZPass users.

Wallace Fullerton


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