Bridge agency keeps toll discount for truckers

| Thursday, January 08, 2004

A state agency that operates four bridges across the Delaware River has dropped a discount for cars using E-ZPass, but it has kept the same discount for trucks.

The Delaware River Port Authority said in a recent release that a 10 percent discount on tolls over its four bridges – the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, all in the Philadelphia area – would no longer be available for any customers except those who have commercial accounts.

Cars won’t lose out entirely, though. They will still be eligible for a discount of $18 if they use their E-ZPass on the bridges at least 18 times each month.

The agency said it made the changes because of a $15 million shortfall in its 2004 operating and capital budgets. The changes took effect Jan. 1.

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