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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 car, year: current year, make\model:other), 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 $10.66 instead of $15.00, the battery tunnel will be $5.33 instead of $7.50, the discounts you will lose out onfor 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 #90 on: May 19, 2013, 01:26:23 AM »
I travel to NJ a few times a month almost exclusively using the Verrazano on the way there, GSP within NJ, and Outerbridge the way back. What would be the very cheapest way I can do it? I often travel carpool. Suggestions? Read thru and seems like NY Thruway is best option??

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #91 on: May 19, 2013, 01:51:24 AM »
After doing some research it seems that the outerbridge discount and carpool discounts can also be added to a nj ezpass. So the only big difference between the NJ and NY ezpass is the discount on the verrazano, which you only get with a NY ezpass

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #92 on: May 19, 2013, 01:59:11 AM »
After doing some research it seems that the outerbridge discount and carpool discounts can also be added to a nj ezpass. So the only big difference between the NJ and NY ezpass is the discount on the verrazano, which you only get with a NY ezpass
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But what do you mean by "outerbridge discount and carpool discount" ? AFAIK carpool is the only outerbridge discount.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #93 on: May 19, 2013, 02:06:59 AM »
But what do you mean by "outerbridge discount and carpool discount" ? AFAIK carpool is the only outerbridge discount.
There is a discount if you go over the outerbridge more than 3 times per month you only get charged $5.25 per trip.
This would mean if you go over the bridge twice in one month with out the carpool discount, then if the 3rd time you go over you have 3 people in your car, it would not be worth it to take the carpool discount. Rather you should go regular which would put you in the catagory of passing through 3 times in a month, thus charging you $5.25 per trip

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #94 on: May 19, 2013, 02:19:02 AM »
There is a discount if you go over the outerbridge more than 3 times per month you only get charged $5.25 per trip.
This would mean if you go over the bridge twice in one month with out the carpool discount, then if the 3rd time you go over you have 3 people in your car, it would not be worth it to take the carpool discount. Rather you should go regular which would put you in the catagory of passing through 3 times in a month, thus charging you $5.25 per trip
You're right. I forgot about that discount.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #95 on: May 19, 2013, 02:22:05 AM »
After doing some research it seems that the outerbridge discount and carpool discounts can also be added to a nj ezpass. So the only big difference between the NJ and NY ezpass is the discount on the verrazano, which you only get with a NY ezpass
What is the discount on Verrazano that you get with NY Ezpass vs NJ one?

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #96 on: May 19, 2013, 02:23:43 AM »
What is the discount on Verrazano that you get with NY Ezpass vs NJ one?
Nothing to do with carpool. Your ez-pass gets charged about $5 less than the regular rate.

ETA: Its $10.66 instead of $15.
http://mta.info/bandt/traffic/btmain.html

It wouldn't help you much since you only take the verrezano entering NY, which is free.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #97 on: May 19, 2013, 04:24:38 AM »
There is a discount if you go over the outerbridge more than 3 times per month you only get charged $5.25 per trip.
This would mean if you go over the bridge twice in one month with out the carpool discount, then if the 3rd time you go over you have 3 people in your car, it would not be worth it to take the carpool discount. Rather you should go regular which would put you in the catagory of passing through 3 times in a month, thus charging you $5.25 per trip
Are you sure that using the outerbridge as carpool won't count toward the 3 times a month?

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #98 on: May 19, 2013, 12:00:08 PM »
Are you sure that using the outerbridge as carpool won't count toward the 3 times a month?


Cant tell you forsure, but i remember reading in the lakewood Masa Umatan that they wont work together. didnt see it on the web site though.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #99 on: May 19, 2013, 01:27:59 PM »
Nothing to do with carpool. Your ez-pass gets charged about $5 less than the regular rate.

ETA: Its $10.66 instead of $15.
http://mta.info/bandt/traffic/btmain.html

It wouldn't help you much since you only take the verrezano entering NY, which is free.
Like I wrote earlier I do take the Verrazano on the way there...
I travel to NJ a few times a month almost exclusively using the Verrazano on the way there, GSP within NJ, and Outerbridge the way back. What would be the very cheapest way I can do it? I often travel carpool. Suggestions? Read thru and seems like NY Thruway is best option??

Now how do I get on the Staten Island Resident Program  ;D

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #100 on: May 20, 2013, 01:26:17 PM »
Like I wrote earlier I do take the Verrazano on the way there...
Now how do I get on the Staten Island Resident Program  ;D
The way into the Brooklyn the Verrazano is FREE!

If you know anyone in Yeshiva in Staten Island you might be able to pull it off, but you didn't hear that from me ;)
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #101 on: May 20, 2013, 01:31:52 PM »
AFAIK your plates have to be registered in SI
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #102 on: May 20, 2013, 01:37:42 PM »
The way into the Brooklyn the Verrazano is FREE!

Yes I am aware of this. But I need the outerbridge prior to that. I live in NY. I travel to NJ several times a month. All this I wrote earlier and requoted. I need to know the cheapest for Verazzano into NJ and Outerbridge back.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #103 on: May 20, 2013, 02:16:42 PM »
The way into the Brooklyn the Verrazano is FREE!

If you know anyone in Yeshiva in Staten Island you might be able to pull it off, but you didn't hear that from me ;)

I think you need a car registered in SI in order to be able to get it
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #104 on: June 04, 2013, 03:04:23 PM »
So limaskana, which is the best EZ Pass to go for? Thruway Authority??? Again need to take Verazzano INTO NJ and OUterbridge the way back...

Also I need to do get the EZPass even though I don't have a car. There is another thread that seems to say that you can do this without a car. Anyone done this recently from Thruway Authority.
Here is that thread
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2683.msg26562#msg26562