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Deadline nears for signing up for E-ZPass discount for West Virginia Turnpike

The deadline for the early discount for the E-ZPass on the West Virginia Turnpike is Friday. (WCHS/WVAH)

The West Virginia Parkways Authority is not planning on extending the deadline for the E-ZPass discount for the West Virginia Turnpike.

Friday, Jan. 11, is the deadline for the early enrollment option of $24 (plus $13 for a transponder) for three years of unlimited use of the Turnpike.

About 42,000 transponders have been mailed since Jan. 2. About 440 responders are waiting to be assigned to an account and mailed. Parkways authorities said the goal is to have all of the discounted transponders mailed out by Saturday.

Parkways extended the original deadline for applications from Dec. 31 to Jan. 11 after technical challenges, service disruptions and long lines made the process for residents applying for an E-ZPass anything but easy.

Officials said signing up online at www.wvturnpike.com is the easiest and quickest way to get orders processed. Applications may also be submitted by mail, fax, or in person at the Parkways Authority office. They said they are unable to accept applications over the phone.

The Parkways Authority has experienced extreme demand for the new discount plan that has created a delay in mailing the transponders to customers. Additional staff has been added, working day and night, to reduce the backlog of transponders to be mailed, officials said.

Meanwhile, the Parkways Authority has delayed doubling the amount of the toll at toll booths from $2 to $4, originally planned for Jan. 1, until at least Jan. 15.


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