WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway’s major toll plazas are soon to be a memory. But they will remain at all but one of the toll road’s 23 entrance and exit ramps.
The automatic coin machines at all 11 “mainland barrier” plazas, including Asbury Park in Monmouth County and Toms River and Barnegat in Ocean County, will be removed and converted to E-ZPass or full-service lanes, according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA).
During a six-week project that is slated to begin on about September 24, the changeovers at these plazas are expected to occur as follows: Asbury Park in the sixth week; Toms River plaza in the fifth week, and Barnegat plaza in the fourth week.
NJTA said that its decision to remove the machines is based on several factors: They have become expensive and difficult to maintain and only 5 percent of transactions were paid at the coin lanes — compared to nearly 83 percent of drivers who use E-ZPass. Some 12 percent of the remaining 240.3 million in total transactions were paid with cash in 2017.
The parts from the machines will be used to repair the remaining ones on the parkway’s “ramp plazas,” except for the one at exit 125 in Sayreville, which has been E-ZPass only since opening last year.
For more information on the changeover, click here for NJTA's informational Q&A sheet on the project.