Cape May Court House, NJ- The Cape May County Bridge Commission announced today that the new E-ZPass tolling system will ‘go live’ over the course of the next eight weeks on the Commission’s five toll bridges along scenic Ocean Drive in Cape May County.
The implementation of E-ZPass will occur sequentially with the Ocean City-Longport Bridge being the first one to go live on or about April 30th. The Middle Thorofare Bridge will go live on or about May 7th, followed by Grassy Sound on or about May 14th, Corsons Inlet on or about May 21st and Townsends Inlet is scheduled to go live by June 25th. Signs at each bridge will alert drivers if E-ZPass is active and all bridges will continue to be manned by bridge tenders who also serve as toll collectors.
“One of our key goals is to make the driving experience on scenic Ocean Drive more pleasant and convenient for our residents and visitors. E-ZPass will go a long way towards accomplishing this goal as it will serve to reduce congestion and make the payment process easier,” said Freeholder Will Morey. “The implementation of E-ZPass is something that a lot of people have been requesting for a long time and we are happy to be able to provide this service,” added Freeholder Director Jerry Thornton.
The Commission, along with the Cape May County Freeholder Board, worked closely with the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) on the E-ZPass project. “We are very happy to bring this technology to the Commission Bridges,” said North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, who also serves as Chairman of the Commission. “The partnership between the Freeholders, SJTA and the Commission is what made this project possible,” he said.
“The South Jersey Transportation Authority is glad to collaborate with the Bridge Commission and the Cape May County Freeholders in the realization of its plan to install E-ZPass on five county bridges. We assisted by offering our expertise and experience with E-ZPass as a major transportation agency by building lanes, installing equipment and systems and by facilitating their E-ZPass transaction processing,” said SJTA Executive Director Stephen F. Dougherty.
“The Commission and Freeholders deserve credit for their foresight in considering the needs of the motoring public. The installation of E-ZPass will provide a more enjoyable and safe traveling experience for those using Ocean Drive in Cape May County,” noted Dougherty.
Although E-ZPass will be available on all of the Commission Bridges, cash and tickets will still be accepted as well. Even those vehicles with E-ZPass transponders installed will have the option to make payment with pre-paid bridge tickets versus E-ZPass debit.
For additional information, contact the Cape May County Bridge Commission at (609) 465-7806.