Posts Tagged ‘E-ZPass’

What could happen if the E-ZPass Toll System failed?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The benefits of the E-ZPass toll

What would happen if the E-ZPass toll electronic collection failed? It may not be the first question on your mind when it comes to truck driving, but there’s always a possibility it can happen. In a 3 year state audit of the Maryland Transportation Authority system, it was revealed that the Maryland Transportation Authority system has an inadequate plan for recovering the E-ZPass toll collection system if a disaster such as a system failure occurred.

Major road infrastructures such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge rely on the E-ZPass toll for every day toll transportation needs. The plan the Maryland Transportation Authority had in place since January 2010 is not effective for a system failure because the organization does not have the adequate purchasing controls to handle a system failure. Only 60 employees of the Maryland Transportation Authority have the  authority and training to approve purchasing transactions and document the receipts of E-ZPass toll collections.

Although the current initiators of the transactions had no citing of improper transactions, there’s concern that purchases could be  completed while not being instantly detected.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has collected over $389 million in tolls for the year 2012. Out of that $389 million dollars, $249 million dollars was collected from the E-ZPass toll collection. If the E-ZPass toll lost network connectivity at any time, there’s needs to be an effective communication strategy set in place in the case of an emergency. The plan should include technical issue resolutions and regular testing of the E-ZPass toll.

If you find yourself going through turnpikes/ tunnels, or over bridges and toll roads with deliveries, the E-ZPass can help you save money on your transportation costs because it costs more to pay in cash than to use the electronic payment system. It’s easy to apple for an E-ZPass account and you will receive a transponder device to place in your truck.

The cost of your tolls will vary on your driving distance and your vehicle type. If you are driving a tractor-trailer, it will cost more than driving a commuter car.

You can keep up with the latest information on E-ZPass by subscribing to our blog.

For more information, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions for your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-mdta-audit-20140402,0,1679800.story

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/07/as_pennsylvania_turnpike_fees.html

Maryland Decides to Not End Cash Toll at Hatem Bridge

Friday, March 7th, 2014

In the trucking industry, we are use to paying tolls nearly every day. If you are trying to keep up with the number of tolls in Maryland, here’s one to book. The state of Maryland has decided not to end the cash toll at Hatem Bridge for now, according to the Harford County Legislator.

Why is the state of Maryland not ending the cash toll at Hatem Bridge?

The Harford County Legislator says it’s related to the all-electric plan requiring more research.
Where is the Hatem Bridge located?

The Hatem Bridge cash toll is located at the Route 40 Thomas Hatem Bridge. The Maryland Transportation Authority says the Hatem Bridge cash toll will remain open for at least the next two years (2015-2016). The state hopes this will help the Maryland Transportation Authority better accommodate Harford and Cecil county citizens and businesses.

On Thursday the Maryland House of Delegates passed the bill that requies the Maryland Transporation Authority to stuay the all-electric toll specifically at the Hatem Bridge cash toll and other major toll facilities in Maryland. Further research is being conducted to prevent drivers from being penalized if they do not currently have an E-ZPass for tolls.

Only for the next few years will those driving through the Hatem Bridge toll have a lane with a cash toll option. If you are a regular commercial driver in Maryland, you need to start using an E-ZPass as soon as possible.

The Hatem Bridge is the quickest way to cross the Susquehanna River. The alternative way is the Millard Tydings Bridge on 1-95. Residents in the area are not looking forward to using the all-electronic tolls of E-ZPass because a round trip cost using the E-ZPass for 2-axle vehicle will cost nearly $12. The current cash toll for a round trip is only $8 for 2-axle vehicle.

At the end of the day, truck drivers will experience higher electronic tolls, with nearly a 50% increase.

You can keep up with the latest information on E-ZPass by subscribing to our blog.

For more information, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions for your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aberdeen-havre-de-grace/ph-ag-cash-toll-staying-0312-20140307,0,4310402.story

http://tollroadsnews.com/news/maryland-toll-proposes-higher-truck-tolls-electronic-toll-charges

I-95 Toll Lanes Price Approved for Maryland

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Fleet Management Services and Toll Lanes

Good news and bad news for truck drivers. I-95 toll lanes price are hefty and approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority Board.

The price truck drivers will be subjected to will all depend on the time of day and the type of vehicle they are operating when they pass through the I-95 toll lanes.

To give you some perspective,  a standard car passing through the I-95 toll lanes  would pay during peak hours, at the most, 35 cents  per mile.

I-95 toll lanes stretch 7-miles.

It’s expected that the average commuter will pay  at least $5 during rush hour  to go through the toll lanes.

The I-95 toll lanes will open in 2014. The toll lanes will be located between Interstate 95 east and north of Baltimore.

On a positive note, the I-95 toll lanes will make commuting quicker and better for drivers willing to pay the price.

Peak hours will range between 25 and 35 cents per mile for toll lane expense.

Residents of Maryland have the opportunity to give their thoughts about the cost to the Maryland Transportation Authority Board util November 4th, 2013.

The final vote for the price hike will be December 12th, 2013.

The State of Maryland constructed the tolls to  reduce congestion.

State Officials such as MdTA Acting Executive Security  Bruce Gartner expects  178,000 drivers will use the I-95 toll lanes weekly for the work commute.

The  four I-95 toll lanes are completely electronic lanes. Drivers using the toll lanes will need to purchase an E-ZPass.

Anyone using the toll lanes without an E-ZPass will have a citation sent to them and be required to pay a fee for the driving violation.

Large tractor trailers will pay the most expensive fees to use the I-95  toll lanes.

Maryland is considering making all toll lanes in the state electronic toll lanes as more and more drivers start to use E-ZPass.

Purchasing an E-ZPass saves time and money by reducing your time stuck in traffic. As long as you have the appropriate registration information connected to your E-ZPass, you cannot go wrong with your E-ZPass as you go through toll lanes.

Your E-ZPass will also inform you when you have a low balance to make sure you are good to go on the road. You can have your E-ZPass add more funds by providing your credit card information to automatically withdraw when funds are low. Your account statements will help you monitor your fleet activity and keep you within your budget.

Middleton and Meads is here to keep you safe and sound during your busy work commutes with our Mechanical Repairs and  Fleet Management services.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your bus transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-95-etl-pricing-20130919,0,712940,full.story

http://seniortravel.about.com/od/rvtravelroadtrips/qt/EZPass.htm

Truck Solutions: How to avoid E-ZPass Toll Violations

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

E-zPass toll system

Have you or a truck driver you know been pulled over for an E-ZPass toll violation? It’s not out of the norm. This year E-ZPass toll violations are increasing at staggering rates.

BESTPASS, a toll partner of the MMTA has monitored E-ZPass toll violations and the organization has seen an increase in violation appeal.  The toll agencies have rejected the majority of violation appeals related to the E-ZPass system of tolling.

Some truck drivers have been subjected to more than $1,000 fees for five violations. The most common E-ZPass toll violation has been going through an E-ZPass toll lane in a truck or vehicle that did not have an account. This is identified by license plates.

Any truck driver that signs up for an E-ZPass account is required to list all license plates used as company vehicles. This is mandatory because E-ZPass tolls are paid electronically.

Transponders cannot be used in company vehicles. The only exception is when a vehicle license plate is already on an E-ZPass account.

It is important to not use a transponder in a company vehicle to avoid violation tolls and hefty fees.

The best prevention is to keep track of all license plate numbers used on the E-ZPass account.

As a company owner, you should add these types of vehicles to your E-ZPass account:

  • Registered vehicles
  • Leased vehicles
  • Rented vehicles
  • Contracted vehicles

The E-ZPass system is great for companies that have drivers cross bridges and major highways on the regular.

Saving minutes spent driving can save both time and money for your company.

It’s easy to use. All a driver has to do is place the E-ZPass box on the windshield to pay tolls. All transactions are electronically recorded so you may keep track of the toll usage and your company account balance at all times.

Best of all, the E-ZPass can replenish your account any time you are low if you grant the E-ZPass system authorization to charge your corporate credit card.

E-ZPass only lanes make truck driving faster, quicker and easier. Do not speed through E-ZPass lanes to avoid administrative fees. Speed should not exceed 5 miles per hour.

Middleton & Meads is here to keep your fleet transportation safe and efficient.

We offer the following truck solutions for company vehicles:

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your bus transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.mmtanet.com/files/ENews061413.pdf

http://brooklyn.about.com/od/gettingaround/qt/Tips-On-Ez-Pass-For-Brooklyn-And-Other-Nyc-Area-Drivers.htm

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/turnpike/pages/ezpassfaq.aspx#14