Maine Turnpike board OKs deeper E-Z Pass discounts

Robert F. Bukaty/Bangor Daily News

Traffic slows for the York tolls on the Maine Turnpike in this file photo.

PORTLAND (AP) — E-Z pass users on the Maine Turnpike will soon see some deeper discounts.

The Maine Turnpike Authority Board on Thursday unanimously approved a phased-in plan to offer revised toll discounts to E-ZPass customers starting Nov. 1.

Turnpike officials say the revised discount plan recognizes the financial constraints facing commuters and businesses dependent on the turnpike each day.

They include a 50 percent discount from E-ZPass rates for customers making 40 or more one-way trips per month and 25 percent off for customers making between 30 and 39 trips for up to 8 months, starting Nov. 1.

For cash-paying customers, tolls at mainline toll plazas will increase to $3 in York, $2.25 in New Gloucester and $1.75 in West Gardiner on Nov. 1.

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 's picture

Less trips to Maine

With this increase in the tolls I will be making less trips back home to visit my family. I usually make at least 4-5 trips home but will likely scale back those trips. I guess I will start using Skype to keep in touch.

Dan MAINE TURNPIKE AUTHORITY's picture

James. What is your typical

James. What is your typical trip to see family and do you have an E-ZPass? The E-ZPass rate for Maine customers will increase only 1 cent per mile on November 1.

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My typical trip

I live in NH and I don't usually drive on the turnpikes here mostly on back roads so an EZ-Pass is not worth it and for driving on the Maine turnpike I am under the impression that I wouldn't get a discount anyway. Most of the time I get on the pike at Kittery and get off in Lewiston but on Memorial day I drive to the Veterans cemetary in Augusta. I come up on a number of the Holidays and a couple of times on other days in between.

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