How to Save Money Crossing the Hudson River Everyday
It is just a fact of living and working in the Hudson Valley, you are going to have to cross a bridge which means you are going to have to pay a toll. No matter what side of the Hudson River you live on you always seem to need something on the other side.
If you live in Poughkeepsie, chances are some of your favorite hiking spots are in the Catskills. If you live in New Paltz, you might easily work in Poughkeepsie. And if Newburgh is your location, you most likely find yourself crossing the Newburgh Beacon Bridge on a weekly basis to get to your favorite box store.
Hudson River Crossing Commuter Pass for 5 New York State Bridges
Crossing the Hudson River and paying a toll to do it is a way of life in our area. The bridge toll is something I got used to years ago when I lived in Dutchess County and all of my friends still live in Orange County. Now I am one of those Ulster County people who work in Dutchess County.
I have had my E-Z pass since the day they became a thing. Not having to stop to pay a toll every day to go to work made crossing a bridge more tolerable. I cross the Mid-Hudson Bridge which according to responses on a Facebook post a few weeks back most of you think is the worst bridge to cross in our area. Honestly, after I got my tag I never gave much thought to the daily cost.
How To Say Money Crossing Bridges in the Hudson Valley, New York
I set myself up for auto-replenishment and off I went. My E-Z Pass has made traveling super easy as well now that it is accepted on so many highways. I have been using my pass for so long that I literally never give it a thought. So of course one of my thrifty friends had to ask do I have the commuter plan? Um, What!?
I said I think so but then I thought I don't even know. So today I finally got around to finding out and guess what I wasn't on that plan. Did you know about the Bridge Commuter Plan that covers 5 Hudson River Bridges? If not look into it. And whatever you do don't let the rep you talk to tell you there isn't one for our Hudson Valley bridges.
New York State Bridge Authority Commuter Plan for 5 Hudson Valley Bridges
The first rep I spoke with could find the plan but after I looked it up on the New York State Bridge Authority website I called back and that rep actually knew what I was talking about and set me up. According to this info, you can save 25 cents a trip but it may even be more.