The mission of the E-ZPass Group is to enable E-ZPass members and affiliated toll operators to provide the public with a seamless, accurate, interoperable electronic method of paying tolls and fees while preserving and enhancing the E-ZPass program.
Our vision is to become the preeminent toll collection program that advances interoperability throughout North America.
In 1987, several toll agencies in the Northeast Corridor spanning New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania began to explore the potential regional application of an emerging technology known as Electronic Toll Collection (ETC). ETC is a technological advance that allows a motorist traveling on a participating toll facility to pay his/her toll automatically from a prepaid account without having to fumble for cash or retrieve and present a toll ticket. By placing a small electronic tag on a windshield of a car, that car can pass through a toll lane equipped with a â€śreaderâ€ť that collects and transmits customer account status electronically to the appropriate toll agency and the correct toll is charged to or credited against that customerâ€™s account.
In 1990, seven toll facilities from the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania joined to form an alliance known as the E-ZPass Interagency Group (IAG). These seven agencies represented almost 40% of all U.S. toll transactions and nearly 70% of all U.S. toll revenue. This unprecedented cooperative effort included representatives from the New Jersey Highway Authority (operator of the Garden State Parkway), the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the New York State Thruway Authority, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the South Jersey Transportation Authority (operator of the Atlantic City Expressway), and the MTA Bridges and Tunnels. The IAGâ€™s goal was to implement a regionally compatible, non-interfering electronic toll collection system that would not only satisfy the divergent toll collection and traffic management needs of the seven participating agencies, but would also provide regional mobility and convenience to their customers.
Today the E-ZPass Program is the largest, most successful interoperable toll collection program anywhere in the world consisting of 26 agencies in 15 states, servicing more than 15 million accounts, 26 million tags and the collection of over $6 billion dollars in electronic toll revenues.
The E-ZPass Program has continued to be innovative by implementing E-ZPass Plus which makes paying for parking at participating airports and garages easier along with E-ZPass-on-the-GO, a convenient package that contains a prepaid tag ready for use that is sold at convenient locations such as participating local convenience stores, rest areas, DMV's or simply ordering online.
Starting with only seven members in 1993 in three States, the E-ZPass Group has grown to 26 members in 15 States and more members are being added, all to the convenience of the traveling public.
The Executive Management Committee consists of the following member agency representatives:
|Members||Member Agency/Company Represented|
|Victor R. Buono||Delaware Department of Transportation|
|Gerry DiNicola Owens||Delaware River & Bay Authority|
|Charles Stracciolini||Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission|
|James B. Quinn||Delaware River Port Authority|
|Kristi Lafleur||Illinois State Highway Toll Authority|
|Fernando Redondo||Indiana Toll Road Concession Company|
|Steve Jacques||Massachusetts Department of Transportation|
|Deborah Sharpless||Maryland Transportation Authority|
|Richard Somerville, Chairman||Maine Turnpike Authority|
|Robert Redding||Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges & Tunnels|
|John Corcoran||New Hampshire Department of Transportation|
|Joseph W. Mrozek||New Jersey Turnpike Authority|
|Robert Russo||New York State Bridges Authority|
|Ted Nadratowski||New York State Thruway Authority|
|Dave Miller||Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission|
|Mark Muriello||Port Authority of New York & New Jersey|
|Craig Shuey||Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission|
|Buddy Croft||Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority|
|Joel T. Falk||South Jersey Transportation Authority|
|John Lawson||Virginia Department of Transportation|