If you want to travel through tolls without having to dig up the correct change, consider trying E-ZPass MA.
The program is active along the entirety of the Massachusetts Turnpike, including bridges and tunnels, with services extending across state lines into the South and Midwest. You may also be eligible for special discounts and tax deductions with E-ZPass MA.
Learn about electronic tolling and keep on the move with information from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).
E-ZPass MA offers three free ways to sign up:
- Join Online — You can open a new E-ZPass account online and receive your transponder in the mail.
- Mail or Fax an Application — Print out the application for an individual account or call customer service at (877) 627-7745 to have one sent to you. For a commercial pass, call customer service and select option 3, followed by option 7.
- Apply in Person — Visit a local E-ZPass MA Customer Service Center or a participating RMV sign-up location and pick up your transponder the same day.
- Manual Deposits — Pay by mail with a check or in person at an E-ZPass Service Center, starting with an initial deposit of at least $20 for an individual account. A light at the toll booth will alert you when your account balance is low.
- Automatic Deductions — Speed up the payment process by linking your account to a checking number or credit/debit card. Your account will automatically replenish when funds are low.
- Cash Payments — You can also replenish your E-ZPass account using a self-service kiosk. The MassDOT payment center locator can help you find an approved retailer near you.
If you’re a Massachusetts resident, you may be eligible for special discounts and programs with E-ZPass, including:
- Annual Residents Programs — Eligible commuters can receive discounts on the Tobin Memorial Bridge and the Sumner and Ted Williams Tunnels. Sign up using the annual resident program application. To continue receiving the discount, you must reapply each year.
- Annual Carpool Program — If you regularly travel with three or more people in your car, you may qualify for reduced toll prices. Apply annually by submitting a carpool program application.
- Commuter Tax Deduction — If you spend more than $150 in E-ZPass tolls yearly, you may qualify for a commuter tax deduction. You may claim up to $750 as a deduction on your state income return.
Later this year, MassDOT’s all-electronic tolling program is scheduled to go live along the entire Massachusetts Turnpike, allowing all drivers to pass through tolls without stopping. While drivers without E-ZPass will receive an invoice in the mail, payable through Pay by Plate MA, E-ZPass drivers will continue to have access to discounts, as well as automatic payment methods. Follow @MassDOT to keep up to date with the latest news on the rollout.
Questions about the E-ZPass program? Leave a comment below or tweet @MassGov.
Tags: carpool, commute, commuter, commuting, E-ZPass, E-ZPass MA, electronic tolling, Mass Pike, Massachusetts Turnpike, pay by plate, pay by plate MA, Tobin Bridge, toll booths, tollbooths, tolls, turnpike
SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets posted on Jul 21
Crates of sweet cantaloupe, juicy tomatoes, and fresh potatoes — the buzz of a farmers’ market on a sunny afternoon. What could be better? Shopping at farmers’ markets is a fun way to stock up on nutritious, locally grown food. Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program …Continue Reading SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets
Workers’ Rights in Massachusetts: Workplace Discrimination & Harassment posted on Jul 19
This is the final post in the Workers’ Rights blog series, which has covered workplace safety, fair wages, workplace benefits, workers’ compensation, and workplace discrimination and harassment in Massachusetts. In 2015, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) received more than 2,400 complaints about discrimination at …Continue Reading Workers’ Rights in Massachusetts: Workplace Discrimination & Harassment
Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm posted on Jul 14
This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Massachusetts is vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes — and the damage they cause. Our last two major storms were Hurricane Bob in 1991 and Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Although the …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm