FAQ – Will I need a New Jersey E-ZPass for the new Scudder Falls Bridge?
We contacted the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The DRJTBC explained that when Scudder Falls Bridge tolling begins in July there will be a discounted one-way toll of $1.25 for passenger vehicles with an E-ZPass transponder, as opposed to a $2.60 toll for those without one.
The DRJTBC further explained that it offers a 40-percent discount for commuters (i.e., $0.75 per one-way crossing) who take at least 16 trips a month over one of its tolled crossings with a transponder from the New Jersey Turnpike or the DRJTBC.
The bridge commission said it can only offer its commuter discount through the NJ Turnpike’s or its own transponders because the NJ Turnpike administers the DRJTBC’s E-ZPass account. The DRJTBC is a quasi-public commission, operating as a self-funded entity without any tax revenues from either of its two jurisdictional states or the federal government. Funding for the operation, maintenance and upkeep of its bridges and other structures is solely derived from revenues collected at its toll bridges.
You can sign up for a DRJTBC transponder at this link: https://www.ezpassnj.com/en/signup/signup.shtml. There is a $1.00 monthly service fee for a DRJTBC transponder while there is no monthly fee for a Pennsylvania Turnpike transponder. Note also that the NJ/DRJTBC discounts only apply if at least 16 bridge crossings are recorded on the E-ZPass in a given month.
All billing for the new bridge will be either via E-ZPass or bill by mail. There will be no tollbooths.
On a related note, with the pending toll in mind, I have introduced House Bill 329, that would provide a commuter toll tax credit equal to 50 percent of a taxpayer’s tolls up to $1,000 per year (that is, a 50 percent credit on up to $1,000 tolls, so a maximum $500 credit). Tolls incurred while traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, as well as all toll bridges operated under the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, the Burlington County Bridge Commission or the Delaware River Port Authority, would be eligible for the credit.