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Schumer Targets EZ-Pass Fees

Schumer Targets EZ-Pass Fees
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Senator Charles Schumer in Plattsburgh

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Albany, NY – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says many drivers using the high-speed E-Z Pass lanes on New York highways are getting hit with a hidden fee. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

Schumer says that because the high-speed lanes don't warn a driver when their account is low, as happens in the slower lanes, drivers are being hit with $50 fees for depleting their accounts used to pay tolls.

Schumer is asking the state Thruway Authority to create a text messaging system that can be sent to drivers so they know when their E-Z Pass account is running on empty.

E-Z Pass operates the higher speed lanes at most upstate Thruway tolls and on the New York City bridges.

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