Beginning on a yet-to-be-determined date in summer 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 license-plate billing (Toll-by-Plate invoices sent through the U.S. Mail to vehicle owners).

Tolling on the new Scudder Falls 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 Overview

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 bills in the mail. (Watch for more specifics on billing in fall 2018.) 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 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 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.

Toll Rates

Beginning on a yet-to-be-determined date in summer 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 New Jersey E-ZPass Group only (minimum 16 tolled trips across the Scudder Falls Bridge or other DRJTBC toll bridges in a calendar month).

Toll Rates and Discounts for Scudder Falls 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 Bridge

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

Toll collection will begin when the upstream span of the new Scudder Falls Bridge is constructed and opened to traffic. This is expected to occur sometime in 2019, but the specific start date will not be determined until spring 2019 (subject to change). 

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 that roadway’s 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 AET system at the new Scudder Falls Bridge will consist of an overhead gantry outfitted with toll-tag (transponder) readers and high-resolution cameras.

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 automatically to that individual’s private or corporate account. E-ZPass-equipped motorists will pay lower toll rates. Learn More

Vehicles without valid E-ZPass transponders will have their license-plate images recorded by the toll gantry’s overhead cameras and the vehicles’ registered owners will be sent bills in the mail. Non-E-ZPass motorists will pay higher toll rates to cover the additional costs of identifying motor vehicle owners and mailing invoices. Learn More

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

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission unanimously approved the toll schedule for the new Scudder Falls Bridge 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 basic toll rates on a passenger car at the new Scudder Falls 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 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 the owner of a non-E-ZPass-equipped vehicle expect to receive a bill for crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge in the Pennsylvania-bound direction?

It’s anticipated that Toll-by-Plate invoices will be issued when a video customer reaches $50 in 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 Bridge?

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

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

Yes. As is the case at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s seven other toll bridges, there will be two types of discounts for eligible E-ZPass customers.

There will be a 40-percent frequency-based commuter discount for Class 1 passenger vehicles outfitted with an operational toll transponder issued by the E-ZPass customer service center – NJ E-ZPass Group, the entity that processes the electronic toll transactions at the Commission’s toll bridges. The New Jersey E-ZPass Group service provider is 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 does one qualify for the Commission’s commuter discount?

The commuter discount can only be applied to motorists who have E-ZPass accounts administered by the Commission’s toll processing service provider (NJ E-ZPass Group).  The motorist must record 16 toll-direction trips (cumulative) across the Scudder Falls Replacement 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 on the customer’s monthly billing statement to 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 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 can be $9 or more in a single month at the new Scudder Falls Bridge. Over the course of a full year, the total savings could exceed $100.

What is the New Jersey E-ZPass Group?

The New Jersey E-ZPass Group is the E-ZPass toll transaction processor/customer service center for the toll bridges operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The other affiliated toll systems in the NJ E-ZPass Group 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) (Atlantic City Expressway) and the Cape May County Bridge Commission. This multi-agency 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 Group, the back-office entity that provides E-ZPass customer service/toll processing/violation processing for the toll bridges owned and operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. This will include the new Scudder Falls Bridge starting sometime in 2019.

Why does the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s commuter discount program only apply to transponders issued by the New Jersey E-ZPass Group?

The reason the Commission’s commuter discount can only be applied to a NJ E-ZPass Group-issued transponder is because that is the entity that processes the Commission’s toll transactions. The discount can thereby be computed 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 of the other E-ZPass-issuing agencies are not eligible for the discount because their respective toll-processing systems are independent of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s.

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

In Pennsylvania, the only toll agency that administers E-ZPass accounts and issues toll transponders is the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. In New Jersey, the only toll entity that administers E-ZPass accounts and issues toll transponders is the New Jersey E-ZPass Group, with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as the lead agency.

Pennsylvania Turnpike E-ZPass transponder holders are eligible for the $1.25 Class 1 passenger vehicle toll at the Scudder Falls 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. 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 IAG – the policy-setting organization of the various toll-collecting agencies in 17 states with E-ZPass service – has long urged motorists to acquire an E-ZPass account with the toll agency whose facilities they most frequently use. If a Pennsylvania resident were to frequently use the Scudder Falls 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 NJ E-ZPass Group.

Won’t I lose out on discount opportunities at the Pennsylvania Turnpike with a Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge affiliated E-ZPass account from the New Jersey 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 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 motorists?

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 toll-processing back-office service provider – the New Jersey 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 Replacement Bridge?

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

 

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:

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