Press Release Article


Date: Jun 30, 2017
Press Release Number: 121-2017

The Port Authority today celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of E-ZPass on its six bistate crossings, which has helped speed the commute for millions of regional travelers.

The Port Authority first installed and activated the E-ZPass system in June 1997 at the Bayonne Bridge, and introduced the program at its other crossings in the following months to reduce congestion at its toll facilities and increase customer convenience. Use of the electronic toll paying device has grown from 10 percent in the first weeks of the program in 1997 to nearly 84 percent today across all the interstate bridges and tunnels. Many crossings exceed 90 percent E-ZPass usage during the peak travel hours.

The E-ZPass concept grew out of a consortium of seven regional agencies, which formed the Interagency Group (IAG) in 1990. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was among the founding members of E-ZPass, along with the MTA Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority, the NJ Turnpike Authority and the New York Thruway Authority. Their vision at the time was to develop a regional electronic toll collection system that would enable motorists to travel from one state to another simply using one transponder and one account.

“E-ZPass was a defining moment for the Port Authority in the late 1990s, helping to speed the flow of traffic at our tollbooths and greatly improving regional mobility,” said Mark Muriello, a leader in the national E-ZPass Group who serves as the Port Authority’s Deputy Director of Transportation Development & Revenue Programs. “E-ZPass has become one of the most respected and recognized brands in transportation today, and always gets high marks in customer satisfaction surveys. The E-Pass breakthrough generated the public trust and confidence to continue to use new and advanced technologies, such as cashless tolling, to better motorists’ travels on a daily basis.”

The Port Authority has continued to improve its toll collection systems over the past 20 years, including gradually expanding the number of E-ZPass lanes at all of its crossings, and just this year began to offer cashless tolling for the first time at the Bayonne Bridge. Highway speed toll lanes also are available at the Outerbridge Crossing.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit