Tolling Overview

Beginning on or about July 10, 2019, tolls will be collected in the Pennsylvania-bound direction when the first completed (upstream) span of the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge opens to traffic.  An all-electronic (AET) tolling system, also known as cashless tolling, will assess and collect tolls from motorists travelling at highway speeds via E-ZPass® or by TOLL BY PLATE bills sent through the U.S. Mail to vehicle owners.

Tolling on the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge will ensure that users pay for the significant transportation infrastructure improvements resulting from the current construction project.  The 4-1/2-year-long project will replace the nearly 60-year-old “functionally obsolete” Scudder Falls Bridge, address safety and geometry issues along the bridge’s highway segment, and alleviate recurring traffic congestion problems on the bridge and adjoining approach facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tolling Information

With All-Electronic Tolling (AET), motorists benefit from the convenience of non-stop travel. Tolls will be assessed electronically as vehicles travel under a gantry outfitted with E-ZPass tag readers and high-resolution video cameras. There will be no need to stop and pay a toll, as there won’t be any toll booths and traffic queuing.
Motor vehicles with valid E-ZPass transponders (tags) will have their tolls collected in the same manner as at other E-ZPass facilities. The E-ZPass transponder will be read and the toll will be charged automatically to that individual’s or company’s account. E-ZPass-equipped motorists will pay lower toll rates. Learn More
Vehicles without a valid E-ZPass tag will have their license plate images recorded by the toll gantry’s overhead cameras and the vehicles’ registered owners will be sent periodic TOLL BY PLATE bills in the mail. (Watch for more specifics on billing in spring 2019.) Non-E-ZPass motorists will pay higher toll rates to cover the additional costs of identifying motor vehicle owners and mailing bills. Learn More

E-ZPass® is the nation’s largest electronic toll collection system, serving transportation agencies in 17 states with more than 35 million transponders (tags) now in circulation.  The system enables motorists to pay their tolls electronically through pre-established accounts that are prepaid and replenished with a credit card or check.  If you have an E-ZPass account, your tolls at the new Scudder Falls Bridge will be collected in the same manner as at other E-ZPass facilities.

The cost-saving benefits of E-ZPass® use at the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge include the following:

  • E-ZPass customers are eligible for lower toll rates.
  • Passenger vehicle owners who have an E-ZPass account with the service center that processes the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s toll transactions (New Jersey E-ZPass Group) may qualify for additional frequent-travel-based savings under the Commission’s Commuter Discount program.
  • Commercial vehicles equipped with any commercial E-ZPass transponder may qualify for off-peak travel discounts

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TOLL BY PLATE will be the toll-collection method for non-E-ZPass customers traveling in the New Jersey-to-Pennsylvania direction on the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge.  Cameras mounted on the facility’s overhead toll gantry will photograph the vehicles’ license plates as they travel below at highway speeds.  Invoices will be mailed to the registered owners of non-E-ZPass-equipped vehicles for all tolls recorded within an applicable period.  TOLL BY PLATE toll rates will be more than E-ZPass toll rates due to the higher administrative costs involved in identifying vehicle owners, producing invoices, and mailing.

Payment Options: TOLL BY PLATE invoices may be paid online, by phone or through the mail using check, money order or credit card.  The Scudder Falls Toll Bridge’s toll transaction processor is the New Jersey E-ZPass Group.  This toll processor services seven transportation agencies operating in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

Toll Rates

Beginning on or about July 10, 2019, motorists will pay tolls when entering Pennsylvania on the first completed span of the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge.  E-ZPass customers will pay the lowest rates. To save on tolls, get E-ZPass now. A 40-percent, frequency-based Commuter Discount also is available for eligible customers with passenger-vehicle transponders issued by the bridge’s toll processor — the regional New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center, a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group (minimum 16 tolled trips across the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge or other DRJTBC toll bridges in a calendar month).

Toll Rates and Discounts for the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge

Authority to Toll

The Commission’s authority to toll has always been rooted in its Compact, first jointly enacted by the two states in 1934 and ratified by Congress in 1935. That authority has been reaffirmed in court decisions and subsequent changes and expansions to the Compact. The Commission’s ability to charge tolls at the Scudder Falls location stems from provisions added to the Commission’s federal Compact between 1984 and 1987. The Supplemental Agreement to the Compact was approved by Pennsylvania in 1984 and New Jersey in 1985. The U.S. Congress approved the changes April 1, 1987. On December 21, 2009, the Commission unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the agency’s Executive Director to “take all steps necessary to toll the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge.“ A subsequent 2010 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) legal opinion confirmed the Commission’s tolling authority at the Scudder Falls location “so long as the bridge is replaced, and the impacts of tolling are considered under NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act).” (This final stipulation was addressed through the project’s EA Addendum.) In September 2012, the FHWA informed the Commission that a tolling agreement was not required for the replacement bridge under the federal transportation funding law (MAP-21).

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Frequently Asked Questions
about Toll Collection
at the New Scudder Falls Toll Bridge

When was the decision made to toll the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced its decision to toll the new Scudder Falls Bridge on December 21, 2009. The decision was based on the absence of state and federal funding sources to finance the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project’s size and scope. The decision to toll has been reaffirmed on multiple occasions since that date, including the issuance of an Environmental Assessment Addendum on November 30, 2011 and the Federal Highway Administration’s issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on June 18, 2012.

When will toll collections begin at the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

Toll collection will begin when the upstream span of the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge is constructed and opened to traffic. UPDATE:  The Scudder Falls Toll Bridge is projected to open on or about July 10, 2019.  (Note: The bridge’s toll processor is the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center. a.k.a. the NJ E-ZPass Group.) 

Will tolls be collected in both directions at the new bridge?

No. Tolls will be collected only in the Pennsylvania-bound direction – from motorists approaching the bridge on I-295 NB (old I-95 SB) or entering the highway and proceeding onto the bridge from the on-ramp at the Route 29 interchange in New Jersey.

Will there be toll booths?

No. Toll booths would defeat the ultimate purpose of the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project, which is to move traffic more efficiently and safely along I-295 where it crosses the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

If there won’t be a toll plaza, how will tolls be collected?

The new bridge will use all-electronic toll (AET) technology to collect tolls from motorists who cross the bridge in the Pennsylvania-bound direction. Throughout the United States – and around the world – turnpikes, bridges, and tunnels are increasingly using all-electronic/cashless systems to assess and collect tolls from vehicles moving at highway speeds. There is no queuing or stopping, as there are no toll booths or attendants.

How will AET work?

The all-electronic tolling (AET) system at the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge will consist of an overhead gantry outfitted with toll-tag (transponder) readers, high-resolution cameras, and LED lights.

Motor vehicles with valid E-ZPass transponders (tags) will have their tolls collected in the same manner as at other E-ZPass facilities. A motorist’s E-ZPass transponder will be read and the toll will be charged to that individual’s private or corporate account.  E-ZPass-equipped motorists will pay lower toll rates.  LEARN MORE  (Note:  The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission offers a frequency-based E-ZPass commuter discount to passenger vehicle operators who have an E-ZPass transponder issued and administered by the regional New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center, aka NJ E-ZPass Group, the entity that processes toll transactions at the agency’s toll bridges.  This discount program will be extended to eligible motorists at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge when it opens.) LEARN MORE 

The license plates of vehicles without valid E-ZPass transponders will be recorded by the toll gantry’s overhead cameras and the vehicles’ registered owners will be sent TOLL BY PLATE invoices in the mail.  TOLL BY PLATE motorists will pay higher tolls to cover the additional costs of identifying motor vehicle owners, mailing invoices, and processing. LEARN MORE

Have the toll rates been established for the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission unanimously approved the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge’s toll rates on September 26, 2016. The vote followed a prescribed open-hearing process involving advertisements, six toll hearings and the compilation of a report on public comments received on the bridge’s proposed toll schedule and other toll rate changes/clarifications elsewhere in the Commission’s bridge system.

What will be the base toll rates on a passenger car at the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

The Class 1 rate for a passenger vehicle with an operating E-ZPass transponder will be $1.25. The Class 1 rate for a passenger vehicle without an E-ZPass transponder (TOLL BY PLATE rate) will be $2.60.

Why are the TOLL BY PLATE rates higher than the E-ZPass rates at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

Vehicles without an operating E-ZPass transponder will be charged higher toll rates to cover the additional costs of identifying motor vehicle owners and mailing bills to them. This is consistent with the pricing policies of other tolling agencies around the country that have all-electronic tolling and bill-by-mail toll collection.

When can a TOLL BY PLATE customer expect to receive a bill for crossing the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge in the Pennsylvania-bound direction?

It’s anticipated that TOLL BY PLATE invoices will be issued when a non-E-ZPass motorist reaches $50 in accumulated tolls or 30 days from the first transaction, whichever comes first in a respective billing period.

Where can motorists view the tolls for trucks, buses, and other vehicles crossing the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

The full toll rates schedule for the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge is available for viewing here.

Will there be any discounts at the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

Yes. Mirroring the long-established policy at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s seven other toll bridges, two types of E-ZPass discounts are available for eligible E-ZPass customers at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge.

There will be a 40-percent frequency-based commuter discount for Class 1 passenger vehicles outfitted with an operational toll transponder issued and administered by the entity that processes toll transactions at the Commission’s toll bridges.  That entity is the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center – a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group — a regional toll processor serving seven transportation agencies operating in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  The service center is operated by Conduent Incorporated.

There also will be an off-peak discount for trucks and other vehicles eight-feet-tall or higher (Class 2 through Class 7) equipped with a valid E-ZPass tag issued by any E-ZPass-issuing agency.  The off-peak discount is 10 percent and is applied to applicable E-ZPass transactions recorded between 9:01 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. seven days a week.

How can a passenger vehicle driver qualify for the Commission’s frequency-based E-ZPass commuter discount at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

The commuter discount can only be applied to motorists with a valid, operational E-ZPass transponder issued and administered by the Commission’s toll processor — the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center, a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group.  The motorist must record 16 toll-direction trips (cumulative) across the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge and/or any of the Commission’s seven other toll bridges in a respective calendar month.  The discount is transponder-specific not account-specific, meaning each tolled trip must be recorded on the same transponder (a.k.a. toll tag) to qualify for the discount.  Once the 16-trip threshold is met, the discount is automatically applied to a customer’s monthly billing statement for the eligible tolled trips recorded on the applicable NJ E-ZPass Group-issued transponder.

How much can a motorist save with the commuter discount?

The commuter discount is 40 percent.  At the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge, the discount would reduce the Class 1 passenger vehicle E-ZPass toll to 75 cents instead of $1.25 cents.  At the Commission’s seven other toll bridges, the discount would reduce the $1 Class 1 passenger vehicle E-ZPass toll to 60 cents.  The savings on E-ZPass car transactions can add up to $8 or more in a single month at the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge. Over the course of a full year, the total savings could approach or exceed $100.

What is the New Jersey E-ZPass Group?

The New Jersey E-ZPass Group/New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center is the toll transaction processor for the toll bridges owned and  operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.  The NJ E-ZPass Customer Center is a regional operation.  It services seven toll/transportation agencies operating in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Other affiliated toll/transportation agencies in this E-ZPass service network include the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA), the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA), the Burlington County Bridge Commission (BCBC), the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) and the Cape May County Bridge Commission.  This regional E-ZPass customer service/toll processing/violation enforcement back-office operation is run by Conduent Incorporated under a contract with the affiliated toll agencies comprising the NJ E-ZPass Group.

Can the frequent commuter discount be applied to any E-ZPass transponder?

No.  The transponder must be issued/administered by the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center (a.k.a. the NJ E-ZPass Group), the back-office entity that provides E-ZPass customer service/toll processing/violation processing for the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge and the other toll bridges owned and operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.  Since the commuter discount is frequency based, the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center (a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group) can only track, tabulate and apply the discount to the E-ZPass transponders that are in its account system.  The discount cannot be applied to E-ZPass transponders administered by toll agencies that are unaffiliated with and independent of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s toll processor.

Why does the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s commuter discount program only apply to transponders issued by the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center (a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group)?

The reason the Commission’s commuter discount can be applied only to an E-ZPass transponder issued and administered by the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center (a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group) is because that is the entity that processes the Commission’s toll transactions.  The discount can thereby be tracked, tabulated and automatically applied to the respective eligible motorist’s DRJTBC-affiliated E-ZPass account.  E-ZPass accounts/transponders administered or issued by the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the New York Thruway, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or any other E-ZPass-issuing agency are not eligible for the discount because their respective toll-processing systems are independent of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s toll processor.

Why can’t a motorist use a Pennsylvania E-ZPass instead of a New Jersey E-ZPass to get the consumer discount at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

First of all, there is no such thing as a Pennsylvania E-ZPass.  Neither the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania nor the State of New Jersey issue E-ZPass transponders.  In Pennsylvania, the primary issuer of E-ZPass transponders is the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which contracts with TransCore Inc. to process the turnpike’s toll transactions and administer its customer E-ZPass accounts.  In New Jersey,  the only entity that processes toll transactions and administers E-ZPass accounts/transponders is the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center (a.k.a. the NJ E-ZPass Group), a regional toll processor that services toll agencies operating in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  This regional toll processing operation is run by Conduent Incorporated under a contract signed by the NJ E-ZPass Group’s seven member toll agencies.

Pennsylvania Turnpike E-ZPass transponder holders are eligible for the $1.25 Class 1 passenger vehicle toll at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge, but they can’t receive the commuter discount.  The Pennsylvania Turnpike E-ZPass service provider (TransCore) does not process the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s toll transactions or the toll transactions at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge.  That is the reason the Commission’s frequency-based commuter discount cannot be applied to Pennsylvania Turnpike E-ZPass accounts/transponders.

Doesn’t a Pennsylvania resident have to own a transponder issued in the state in which he or she lives?

No. In fact, the E-ZPass Interagency Group – the policy-setting organization of the various toll-collecting agencies in 17 states with E-ZPass service – has long urged a motorist to acquire an E-ZPass account affiliated with the toll agency whose facilities he or she will most frequently use.  If a Pennsylvania resident — or for that matter, a New Jersey resident — were to most frequently use the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge or any other toll bridge in the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s system, it probably would be in his/her best interest to have an E-ZPass account and transponder administered/issued by the Bridge Commission’s toll processor – the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center (a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group).

Won’t I lose out on discount opportunities at the Pennsylvania Turnpike with a Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission affiliated E-ZPass transponder/account issued or administered by the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center (a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group)?

No. The Pennsylvania Turnpike does not currently offer any discounts to E-ZPass users.  The PA Turnpike has E-ZPass rates, which are lower, and cash and/or TOLL BY PLATE rates, which are significantly higher. The PA Turnpike E-ZPass rates apply to any valid E-ZPass transponder, regardless of its issuing agency.

Is there a frequent commuter discount for TOLL BY PLATE customers?

No. Discounts are extended only to eligible E-ZPass customers and, in the case of the frequency-based commuter discount – only vehicles equipped with a transponder issued/administered by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s toll processor – the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center, a.k.a. the NJ E-ZPass Group.

How can a motorist get an E-ZPass account/transponder that would be eligible for the commuter discount at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

The regional toll processor/E-ZPass customer service center affiliated with the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission and its new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge may be accessed online at www.ezpassnj.com or by phone at 1-888-AUTO-TOLL (1-888-288-6865).

Will there be a senior citizen discount at the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

No.  The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission does not engage in age-discriminate toll setting.  Toll rates at the agency’s toll bridges are determined by vehicle profile (height) and the number of axles.  The applicable portion of the Commission’s trust indenture states that tolls shall be applied “regardless of the status or character of any Person participating the traffic.”

Is there a discount for residents who live in close proximity to the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge?

No.  The toll rates for the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge are based on the long-established Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission policy of classifying vehicles by profile (height) and number of axles.  The applicable portion of the Commission’s trust indenture states that tolls shall be applied “regardless of the status or character of any Person participating the traffic.”

 

E-ZPass® is a toll-collection system that enables motorists to pay their tolls electronically through pre-established accounts that are prepaid and replenished with a credit card or check. If you have an E-ZPass account, your toll will be collected  in the same manner as at other E-ZPass facilities.

Cost Saving Benefits Of Using E-ZPass® include the following:

  • E-ZPass customers pay the lower tolls.
  • The new bridge’s toll transactions will be processed by the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center, which services seven transportation agencies operating in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  Passenger vehicle drivers with E-ZPass transponders issued and administered by the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center (aka NJ E-ZPass Group) may qualify for additional savings under the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s frequency-based E-ZPass Non-Commercial Commuter Discount program.
  • Commercial vehicles equipped with any commercial E-ZPass transponder may qualify for an off-peak discount (10-percent toll reduction 9:01 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. (next day). 

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*Map of E-ZPass Interagency Group member agencies spread among 17 states.  A subset of these agencies are affiliated with the smaller, regional New Jersey Customer Service Center (a.k.a. NJ E-ZPass Group.)