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Turnpike Approves Higher E-ZPass Discount Rates

Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2012
Erin Courtney
CONTACT: Dan Morin (MTA)

Turnpike Approves Higher E-ZPass Discount Rates

8-month Plan will offer 50% off E-ZPass rates for daily commuters 

PORTLAND, Maine –The Maine Turnpike Authority Board today unanimously approved a phased in plan to offer deeper toll discounts to Maine E-ZPass customers starting November 1.
The revised discount plan recognizes the financial constraints facing commuters and businesses dependent on the Turnpike each day. The details of the revised discount rates approved include automatically offering a 50% discount from E-ZPass rates for all Maine E-ZPass customers making 40 or more one-way trips per month and 25% for customers making between 30 and 39 trips for up to 8 months starting November 1. The original discount plan approved in August would then be implemented on July 1, 2013.
The MTA Board also unanimously approved a motion directing Turnpike staff and board members to review the financial impact of discount changes two months prior to expiration of the phase-in period. Board chairman Dan Wathen believed a 6-month review of the toll structure will give the MTA an opportunity to deal with actual revenue and traffic data rather than projections before adjusting discount rates. Turnpike Director Peter Mills believes Maine E-ZPass customers will respond very favorably to the new toll rates and discount structure. “There are thousands of current E-ZPass customers who will see an additional discount who never have before,” said Mills. 
Tolls for cars paying cash at mainline toll plazas will increase to $3 in York, $2.25 in New Gloucester and $1.75 in West Gardiner on November 1. The northbound entrance at Wells and the southbound entrance in Gray will increase from $1 to $1.50. E-ZPass rates are scheduled to increase only 1 cent per mile on average for trips longer than 7 miles. E-ZPass trips shorter than 7 miles will have no increase. Mills said by only raising E-ZPass rates 1-cent per mile on average and keeping shorter trips the same, the Turnpike is easing the economic impact of a toll increase since nearly two-thirds of customers already use E-ZPass.
The Maine Turnpike Authority Board in August unanimously approved a plan to raise an additional $21.14 million in toll revenue to continue a 30-year plan to maintain and rehabilitate the MTA’s network of bridges, interchanges and pavement as well as pay off existing debt.
Visit MaineTurnpike.com for more information on the upcoming toll increase and discount rate charts. Links to the Resolution To Approve a Volume Discount Program Transition approved today and the accompanying discount charts are listed below.  

Volume Discount Resolution
Volume Discount Rate Chart
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