I was looking over my EZ-PASS statement yesterday and noticed a large toll for crossing the Delaware. As this was about 10 days ago, I knew exactly what I was doing. I was carting my brother and his bicycle back to Reading PA. I have a 2003 Camry with Thule roof rack.
Instead of the recent 33% increase, I was treated to a $6.50 toll, a 766% increase. I also had a toll from a few days earlier and had been charged the expected $1.00. While trying to figure this out, I went to the rates page and noticed that one of the truck rates is $6.50. I couldn’t find any other $6.50 charge on the web site.
I can only come to two conclusions. One is that DRJTBC has decided to detect a sedan with a bike on top as a 2 axle truck. The other which of course is more likely is that my brother has really worn out his welcome in Pennsylvania in a mere 14 years and government officials are trying to make sure anyone bringing this detritus into Pennsylvania will be assessed a surcharge complying with some provision of the Clean Air Act.
But in the event that I’m wrong and it is the bike on the roof, I thought I’d warn anyone using this bridge. I have filed a dispute on their web site. We’ll see how it goes. I did have my brother look at his statements and he has a couple $5.75(?) charges from before the toll hike. We’re not sure, but all of these might have come from the relatively new high speed toll lanes.