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Released: 9/16/2009 

DRPA Commissioners Approve Express E-ZPass On Betsy Ross Bridge

The Delaware River Port Authority Commissioners have approved a $350,476.04 contract with Stantec Consulting Services of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, to provide Design Services for Express E-ZPass at the Betsy Ross Bridge.

Express E-ZPass allows E-ZPass customers to pay the toll without having to slow down through the toll plaza.  The express lane is equipped with a tag reader mounted on an overhead gantry and is usually located on the left side of the toll plaza.

DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “express E-ZPass will reduce vehicle emissions which means less air pollution, lower travel times and provide an added convenience for our customers.”  Matheussen adds “we hope to have the express E-ZPass lane operational in 2011.”

The express E-ZPass lane on the Betsy Ross Bridge will serve as a pilot program and it is hoped a similar express lane will be installed at the Commodore Barry Bridge.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, PATCO and the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.


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