flowers will be blooming in Jersey before users of the state’s
E-ZPass system will see improvements, The Newark Star-Ledger reported
new company hired by the state, ACS State and Local Solutions,
was going to start work on fixing the system March 1. But
transportation officials in the administration of Gov. James
McGreevey have decided to give the company several more weeks
to test before taking over, the newspaper reported, delaying
improvements till spring. Meanwhile, WorldCom, which has
handled the system, will continue to run it.
problems with E-ZPass were so bad that at one point, New
Jersey shut down a large part of its electronic enforcement
system intended to catch toll cheaters. The mid-December
shutdown meant that at nearly 300 tollbooths on the Garden
State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike, nothing stopped people
from beating tolls.
officials had not been able to stop the automatic enforcement
system from producing hundreds of thousands of false tickets,
so they extended a moratorium on violations. However, some
tollbooths, where equipment has been fixed, were producing
tickets again by late December.