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If you want to get a tag but don't own a car, you can still sign up online. This is what the rep told me to do. Falsify info on your cars plates, make and model (for the plate# write the first two letters of your family name with the last 4 digits of your cell number, year: current year, make\model: choose any), and once you have an account just log in and remove that car from your profile.

For those travelling the Lakewood - Brooklyn route often:

Sign up for a NY EZpass from either the NYSTA (Thruway) or MTA to avoid the $1 monthly fee. NJ/NY Port Authority charges the monthly fee.
The point of getting the NY and not NJ is to make some frequently travelled tolls cheaper.  The Verrazano bridge will be $6.55 instead of $10.17, the battery tunnel will be $5.33 instead of $7.50, the discounts you will lose out on for not having the NJ pass are very minimal (a couple of cents on the NJTP during peak hours)

Add the following discount plans:
Port Authority Staten Island Bridges Plan (PASI), which makes all PA bridges (Outerbridge,Bayonne,Goethals) $5.25,when crossing 3 or more times a month. There is nothing to lose as if you don't travel 3 times they simply adjust it to charge you the regular

You have to add carpool to your plan but if you end up going less than 3 times in the 30 day period you pay the full price for the toll (a little cheaper cause your using ezpass). I believe it takes 24 hours from when you call for it to activate and its per 30 day period not monthly.

EZP rate.
Port Authority Carpool Plan, $5 if you have 3+ people in the car.

NOTE: Sometimes signing up for the EZP with carpool on the plan you initially order, can cause a Port Authority EZ Pass to arrive (which has a monthly fee). It's therefore suggested to order a standard plan, wait until you receive your EZP (hopefully the MTA or NY Thruway  EZP versions) and then tack on the Port Authority Carpool Plan afterwards.   

Edit 5/19/2014: You can add PACP and PASI yourself on the website (in case the phone hours aren't convenient or you just plain don't like calling in general). Log in and choose "Plans" from the links on the left side of the page.

Another plus to having MTA issuing authority is that you can use PPT. Under this plan, you can keep a $0 balance in your EZ Pass account, and have tolls deducted from your bank account at the end of each day (by ACH). Downside is no miles for paying tolls, credit card is only a backup for when the ACH fails. (And if ACH fails even once you lose PPT plan and have to keep a debit balance in your account, so you can't have the miles & PPT :) )

Edit 12/28/2015: In order to ensure that you are enrolled by the MTA agency (see above), when you sign up, you should give an address in NYC (not just NYS). If you don't live there, ask a friend who lives there to receive the tags for you, and use his address. Afterwards, you may change the address to your home address in NJ (or wherever), and add whichever plans you want. This was suggested to me by EZ Pass, and it works.

To return an extra tag for NY MTA Authority:

Please return your tag(s) to:
P.O. Box 149001
Staten Island, NY 10314
along with a letter that states your Name, signature and E-ZPass account number.
For further assistance please contact (800) 333-8655 to speak with a Customer Service Representative.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #440 on: November 09, 2020, 08:35:40 PM »
So to go from Lakewood to Brooklyn will now be ~$18 WITH an ezpass (not including GSP tolls)!
Anything changed here for a 2 way trip?
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #441 on: November 10, 2020, 04:37:41 PM »
Coming December 1st for Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Customers:

Split tolling will begin at the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on December 1, 2020. The current toll amount collected crossing into Staten Island will be split in half for collection Brooklyn-bound, as well as Staten Island-bound. For details on this and other helpful information please visit the "Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Split Tolling" page https://new.mta.info/vnb-split-tolling.

Safe travels and thank you for using the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge!


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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #442 on: March 30, 2021, 12:34:47 AM »

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #443 on: March 30, 2021, 08:38:45 AM »
https://new.mta.info/agency/bridges-and-tunnels/tolls-2021

New "mid-tier toll rate" https://new.mta.info/document/32591

Would be helpful if you shared the relevance especially in a beginners thread. New discount on MTA tolls if your ezpass tag is mounted correctly. If not mounted correctly (or tag not in the car) you'll be charged a few dollars extra for processing

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #444 on: March 30, 2021, 10:04:25 AM »
Would be helpful if you shared the relevance especially in a beginners thread. New discount on MTA tolls if your ezpass tag is mounted correctly. If not mounted correctly (or tag not in the car) you'll be charged a few dollars extra for processing
Having it lie on the dashboard considered correctly?
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #445 on: March 30, 2021, 11:25:08 AM »
Having it lie on the dashboard considered correctly?
until for whatever reason it doesn't scan and then they charge you

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #446 on: March 30, 2021, 01:39:23 PM »
Having it lie on the dashboard considered correctly?

If you wear your ezpass tags like you wear a mask or like the tough kids wear their pants then its not mounted correctly

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #448 on: June 01, 2021, 03:11:05 PM »
I can freely change my port authority issued ez pass account to a mta or NYS thruway issued ezpass account or a big headache?

my home address is in NJ

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #449 on: June 01, 2021, 03:34:26 PM »
I can freely change my port authority issued ez pass account to a mta or NYS thruway issued ezpass account or a big headache?

my home address is in NJ
The mta is only available at specific locations.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #450 on: June 01, 2021, 04:05:01 PM »
The mta is only available at specific locations.

please elaborate can i switch or not?

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #451 on: June 08, 2021, 12:31:37 PM »
Driving from Canada to NYC, don't have an ezpass, any suggestions? Does it cost a lot more without an ezpass? Is there a way to get an ezpass upon entering America?

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #452 on: June 08, 2021, 12:43:10 PM »
Driving from Canada to NYC, don't have an ezpass, any suggestions? Does it cost a lot more without an ezpass? Is there a way to get an ezpass upon entering America?

Many retail stores near toll roads and bridges sell pre-loaded ezpass tags. Hopefully someone with specific knowledge of the border area can chime in, but what I would do is stop at the convenience mart near the border and ask if they have any in stock.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #453 on: June 08, 2021, 12:46:43 PM »
Driving from Canada to NYC, don't have an ezpass, any suggestions? Does it cost a lot more without an ezpass? Is there a way to get an ezpass upon entering America?

New York operates an "On The Go" program where you can buy a tag (US$25) from a local store and register it:

https://www.thruway.ny.gov/ezpass/otg/index.html

There are a bunch of retailers near the Canadian borders, including a Price Chopper off I-87 in Champlain.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #454 on: June 09, 2021, 06:04:31 PM »
It takes 24-48 hours to activate after buying one. Picked one up after the border, and it didn't even work :(, gotta do it more in advance next time.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #455 on: June 09, 2021, 08:14:28 PM »
It takes 24-48 hours to activate after buying one. Picked one up after the border, and it didn't even work :(, gotta do it more in advance next time.

That's insane! Mekach taos. A quick google tells me that the delay in activation is standard for out-of-state, but the ezpass tag should work immediately for the state you bought it in. At the border, I would guess that it's a NY State tag and it should have worked in NY right away.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #456 on: June 09, 2021, 09:10:02 PM »
It takes 24-48 hours to activate after buying one. Picked one up after the border, and it didn't even work :(, gotta do it more in advance next time.

That's insane! Mekach taos. A quick google tells me that the delay in activation is standard for out-of-state, but the ezpass tag should work immediately for the state you bought it in. At the border, I would guess that it's a NY State tag and it should have worked in NY right away.

Turns out the activation delay is noted on the NY EZpass site:

https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/onthego/general_info.shtml

But I bet that you can can activate and continue on your way after buying, and then go a couple of rounds with the service center to get the toll charges retro-applied to the account (since the plates are photo'd).

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #457 on: July 11, 2021, 12:15:45 PM »
Hi I am now a NYC resident and looking to get an EZpass. What's my best option? Is there any way to avoid this monthly $1 service fee?

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #458 on: July 11, 2021, 12:25:14 PM »
Hi I am now a NYC resident and looking to get an EZpass. What's my best option? Is there any way to avoid this monthly $1 service fee?
Get the mta E-ZPass - available only at select locations.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #459 on: July 11, 2021, 12:52:51 PM »
Get the mta E-ZPass - available only at select locations.

Where can I purchase one of these? Ie. where are the select locations?