Cape May County (NJ) Bridge Commission considering E-ZPass for five of its toll bridges

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Cape May County (New Jersey) Bridge Commission Chairman Patrick Rosenello, who is also Mayor of North Wildwood, is considering the use of E-ZPass on five county toll bridges—Middle Thorofare Bridge, Grassy Sound Bridge, Townsends Inlet Bridge, Corsons Inlet Bridge, and Ocean City Longport Bridge—to make it easier for drivers to pay tolls, The Press of Atlantic City reports.

Rosenello told the news agency that he believes that implementing E-ZPass will increase the number of drivers using the bridges, thereby increasing the amount of tolls collected. The commission reported a $533,000 operating loss for the bridges in 2015, a decrease of approximately $30,000 from 2014.

“The tolls that we collect on the bridges cannot cover the operation of the bridges,” Rosenello told the news agency, adding that tolls do not factor into the costs of bridge repairs and that going to E-ZPass would mark a significant change. â€śThe chief complaint, the No. 1 complaint, from customers on the bridges is the lack of E-ZPass.”

Rosenello told the news agency that he has been working with the South Jersey Transportation Authority and a toll consultant, studying the possibility of using E-ZPass, but any change to the tolling structure would take time.