E-ZPass sign at a toll booth.
Frequent Ohio Turnpike travelers will be able to use electronic tolling without paying a monthly fee for their E-ZPass accounts starting Jan. 1, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission announced.
The turnpike now charges a 75-cent monthly service fee for holders of Ohio E-ZPass tags, but the commission decided last month to waive that fee for motorists who use the turnpike for 30 or more one-way trips in a calendar month.
E-ZPass users already pay discounted tolls in Ohio, but Ohio’s monthly tag fee is higher than what most other E-ZPass states charge, with some collecting no service fee at all.
According to a turnpike statement, about 44 percent of passenger-car drivers now pay tolls electronically, the highest since E-ZPass was introduced in Ohio four years ago but still significantly lower than commercial-vehicle use.
Waiving the monthly fee for frequent users should encourage commuters who still pay cash tolls — especially those traveling short distances — to give E-ZPass a second look, said Rick Hodges, the turnpike’s executive director.
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