using their New Jersey EZ-Pass on Delaware’s toll roads will soon
have to make a change.
Delaware State News reported Aug. 18 that officials in Dover
would start their own EZ-Pass system. The state’s electronic toll-payment
system has been operated as part of a 7-year-old bistate contract
with New Jersey.
the new Delaware system gets up in running, which state officials
told the newspaper should occur in about three months, 54,000 users
will need new transponders to use EZ-Pass in Delaware.
News said DelDOT would pay the $3.2 million cost of the switch.
Earlier this year, the New Castle-Wilmington News Journal placed the cost of extracting Delaware from the deal with New Jersey
at $14 million.
The News Journal reported Jan. 7 that Delaware officials wanted
out of the E-ZPass partnership, citing customer service problems,
including long waits for subscribers who call the partnership. In
addition, the state had expected to share in profits produced by
E-ZPass; instead, the system is in debt.