The Delaware River Port Authority board of commissioners on July 15 approved an $18 monthly credit for E-ZPass monthy account users on four bridges connecting Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Commuters who use E-ZPass and cross the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry or Betsy Ross bridges at least 18 times a month will get the discount. The discounts will take effect in about three months, according to authority officials.

Authority officials, who stopped the discounts four years ago, said the end of economic-development spending and other austerity measures allow for restoration.

The board's finance committee two weeks ago approved the measure, which covers about 30,000 E-ZPass users. Chief financial officer James White said at the time the authority can afford the drop in toll revenue, about $6.4 million annually, based on its financial performance. The authority uses bond-project and general monies to fund its five-year 2015 capital program.

The commuter credit applies only to non-commercial passenger vehicles, including motorcycles and small trucks that weigh 7,000 pounds or fewer.

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