Senators talk EZ-Pass boom, WV highways funding needs

By PHIL KABLER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Demand for deeply discounted $24 EZ-Pass transponders providing three-year unlimited use of the West Virginia Turnpike exceeded all expectations, Parkways Authority general manager Greg Barr told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

Sales of the discounted EZ-Passes, which was extended 11 days past a Dec. 31 deadline because of a last-minute crush of buyers, topped 100,000, he said.

By comparison, 44,000 EZ-Passes were issued by the Parkways Authority in the prior 18 years of the program, he said.

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