Several state and county officials are working together to fight for a discounted trip across the Scudder Falls Bridge. While New Jersey E-ZPass holders are offered a 40% discount for frequent travel, Pennsylvania E-ZPass users are not granted the same benefit.
State Rep. Wendi Thomas has created an online petition on her website to demand DRJTBC to reduce tolls for PA residents using PA E-ZPass as well.
“The toll on the new bridge will have a major impact on local commuters,” Thomas said. “It’s patently unfair not to offer the commuter discount to Pennsylvania commuters using the PA E-ZPass system.”
After two years of construction the first span of the Scudder Falls Bridge, reopened on July 10. The completed span is open to Pennsylvania-bound traffic only, but tolls are souring people’s attitude.
Tolls costing $1.25 will be collected in order to pay for the ongoing 4.5 year project to repair the 60-year-old bridge. Some commuters who frequently use the bridge are less than pleased.
The real problem for many though, is the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is granting a 40% discount to commuters with a NJ E-ZPass, but not to commuters with a PA E-ZPass. The discount reduces the price of the toll from $1.25 to $0.75.
State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo and Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery are also joining the fray. DiGirolamo sent a letter to Executive Director of DRJTBC Joseph Resta raising the issue, which can be read here.
WBCB’s Courtney Fegley contributed to this report.