The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has released their report on tolls on the Mt. Hope Bridge.
As outlined in the report and reported by the Journal, the toll options include:
- The same tolls as the Pell Bridge, a cash rate of $2 per axle, 83 cents for Rhode Island residents using the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system, and 91cents for non-Rhode Islanders with Rhode Island E-ZPass accounts.
- A Mount Hope Bridge toll of 30 cents per axle with a 10-cent discount toll for E-ZPass users.
- A $1-per-axle cash toll with a 21-cent rate for Rhode Island E-ZPass users and 23 cents for other E-ZPass users.
- A $2-per-axle toll, with a 42-cent rate for Rhode Island E-ZPass users and 46 cents for other E-ZPass users.
- A $3-per-axle cash toll, with a 62-cent rate for Rhode Island E-ZPass users and 68 cents for other E-ZPass users.
Currently, the recently raised tolls on the Newport-Pell Bridge cover the expenses for both bridges. It is estimated, that without new tolls, the RITBA’s budget for needed repairs on the two structures would fall short by $223 million by 2027.
The RITBA will hold public hearings before settling on a file toll structure and any new tolls will need to be approved by the General Assembly.
Related: Higher tolls, new tolls on RI bridges [gcpvd.org]
What annoys me about the whole EZ-Pass discount for RIers is that you have to get one through RI. I have an EZ-Pass through NY that I’ve had for several years (because they were the only place that didn’t charge a deposit on it). Considering I’m a RIer and my EZ-Pass account has my RI address on it, they should be able to easily bill me at the lower rate, but won’t because I don’t have a transponder from RI.
You would think they’d be able to use computers to figure out what to bill me. I mean, it’s not that difficult.