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Old 07-01-2020, 01:02 PM   #1
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Multiple toll booth handling

Back in the 90's and early 2000's we had no problem paying cash at all the Toll Booths on the east coast as we travelled up and down Turnpikes and more. However, nowadays we are reading that many if not all don't take cash any more and it's done all via transponders.

We are from Canada and planning on spending quite a bit of time on the East Coast/Side of the USA, and it's not logical or viable for us to buy transponders for each State for the amount of time we'll spend there long term. We'd heard about a Universal Transponder that covers all but 2 states but googling I can't find any definitive information on it.

So my question is what to do prep wise for this prior to and during our travels? Read a lot of rental car arguments from Hirers about being double charged even using their from home transponders so .......... ??????

Happy to avoid toll roads wherever practical using side roads within reason but no doubt will hit some in various states.

Thanks for your inputs.

SD.

PS: Even on a west side trip North of San Franciso in 2018 we realized after a while we were on another toll road heading to Napa Valley and couldn't see any option to pay the toll. Asked a uniform in a car park shortly afterwards and was told don't worry about it, they'll mail you if you needed to pay????
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Old 07-01-2020, 01:05 PM   #2
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EZPass covers most Eastern States. Some of Florida has their own. Look up EZPass and it will tell you where it works. Fla has 2 different passes.
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Multiple toll booth handling

Get the pass from North Carolina or possibly Illinois for the broadest coverage and fewest hassles. They are actually wonderful because in many areas you donít even have to slow for a toll booth
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If you are staying primarily from Illinois east, look into the E-Pass Xtra.

The 18 compatible states include: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Here is the link. Good luck.

https://www.cfxway.com/agency-inform...d-e-pass-xtra/
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If you are staying primarily from Illinois east, look into the E-Pass Xtra.

The 18 compatible states include: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Here is the link. Good luck.

https://www.cfxway.com/agency-inform...d-e-pass-xtra/
Good advice. If you are not going to Florida, you can get a straight EZ-Pass- Ma from Massachusetts for free, which works in all the listed states except Florida. If you are going west instead of east, you will find far fewer tolls are required in the western states and you may not need a transponder for those states.
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Without the pass, you usually get a bill in the mail and it will be huge. So you want the pass for whatever toll authority you will encounter.
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Thanks everyone for the knowledgable advice. We for sure don't want to get HUGE bills in the mail after the fact unnecessarily. Thanks for that link as well, will look into it.
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An example.

As this pdf shows,PA toll fees are the same for EZPass and toll-by-plate; HOWEVER, you only have 20 days to pay the toll by mail. After that late fees are added. Many states have the same fee structure. That can be a problem for travelers.
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I just checked the New York State EzPass website. They list US states and Canadian provinces on their signup page. https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/signup/facility.shtml

It looks like the e-pass extra has been renamed the Uni.
https://www.cfxway.com/uni/

I hope the travel restrictions are lifted and you enjoy your visit as much as we have enjoyed visiting Canada.
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OK, so E Pass Xtra not showing any more on E Pass website, nor is the Uni that I can see although it's referenced somewhere but not clickable????

Also "if" you put money on your account, how long is the balance valid for if say we didn't use it all up the first trip but then returned again a couple or more years later?

What about Pay Tollo would that work every where on the East Side? Also how does it work when towing a toad? If I've registered RV and Toad number plates will it automatically charge for both, or .....?

Thanks so much for your input folks.
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I read on this forum to search around the internet and buy your ezpass from a state that doesn't charge a monthly service fee.

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...Also "if" you put money on your account, how long is the balance valid for if say we didn't use it all up the first trip but then returned again a couple or more years later?....
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Old 07-01-2020, 02:41 PM   #12
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Thanks Knightstorm, my secondary question above must have crossed with yours THANK YOU, for that Uni link I have read and see it is $14.95+$10 toll start. Looks the best, just wondering what they mean by "most bridges", not all? Also assuming it does cover the WHOLE of each state referenced? Ie; more than just central florida.

Just trying to make sure we stay law abiding as much as humanly possible in all our travels. I'm sure the borders will open up eventually when the time's mutually right for both countries = nothing lasts forever except death and taxes me thinks
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Just remove your front plate and put something over the back plate to partially cover it. Then run all the toll booths like they aren't there!

JUST JOKING!

It will be a while before us Canadians will be going South, so you have lots of time to research this, and come up with a plan.

Happy Canada Day!
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Just remove your front plate and put something over the back plate to partially cover it. Then run all the toll booths like they aren't there!

JUST JOKING!

It will be a while before us Canadians will be going South, so you have lots of time to research this, and come up with a plan.

Happy Canada Day!
What Unplanned? Us "polite Canadians" as we are known doing a dirty deed like that LOL. By the way Alberta only has one rear plate So only half the fine if caught eh?

Once again thanks to ya'll and Happy and Safe Travels wherever that might be right now!

Happy Canada Day to you as well
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