Date: May 24, 2012
Press Release Number: 78-2012
The Port Authority today announced it will no longer accept toll tickets – known as Toll Scrip and Universal Tickets – in the toll lanes of its bridges and tunnels beginning July 1, 2012. The agency will continue to refund tickets held by the public at their original sales value.
The Port Authority issued the toll tickets years ago to users of its bridges and tunnels to help reduce the transaction time for toll payment, which in turn would help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. As an incentive for customers to use the more efficient toll payment system, the tickets provided the buyer with a 10 percent discount off the toll. The first toll scrip was issued on August 9, 1951 at a 10 percent discount and were “good until used.” The Port Authority stopped selling the tickets after it started using the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system in 1997, which discounts all E-ZPass transactions. The agency continues to use E-ZPass today.
The Port Authority will issue refunds for all Toll Scrip and Universal Tickets. Instructions for obtaining a refund are posted on the Port Authority website at www.panynj.gov/scrip. To obtain a refund, ticket holders may mail their unused tickets, along with their name, mailing address and telephone number to The Port Authority of NY & NJ, 2 Montgomery Street, 4th Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302-3855, Attention: Linda Kochenburger. Be sure to make a copy of what you send for your records.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Justine Karp, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.