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    Question Camden to Philly: how to avoid tolls?

    I need to get back to I-95 (eventually headed to Bensalem) from the City Hall in Camden (5th and Market Streets).

    Last time I tried that, my GPS put me on the Ben Franklin, which cost me $4 !!! (even though I told the stupid machine to find a toll-free route).

    Ben Franklin seems toll free from Philly to NJ but not the other way.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodhigan View Post
    I need to get back to I-95 (eventually headed to Bensalem) from the City Hall in Camden (5th and Market Streets).

    Last time I tried that, my GPS put me on the Ben Franklin, which cost me $4 !!! (even though I told the stupid machine to find a toll-free route).

    Ben Franklin seems toll free from Philly to NJ but not the other way.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Good god you'd have to go up toward Trenton to avoid a $4 toll. You'd have to go to Trenton, cross on Route 1, and come back down 95. That's like 60 miles for a 20 mile trip.

    The Burlington Bristol Bridge is only, what, $2. But you'd still have to pay the toll and face the long drive up there.

    Pay the $4
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    You can't avoid tolls all-together. All bridge crossings are tolled leaving NJ but not inbound. For reduced tolls, you can hit Rt 130 North and then take Tacony-Palmyra, or Burlington-Bristol bridge. I believe both are $2 toll instead of the $4 for the DRPA bridges (Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross).

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    There's also the Tacony which is only $2.00. You can pick up 95 at Princeton Ave not far from where you enter Philly. But seriously, is this just today or are you looking for a more permanent route? It's only 4 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalDeth81 View Post
    You can't avoid tolls all-together. All bridge crossings are tolled leaving NJ but not inbound. For reduced tolls, you can hit Rt 130 North and then take Tacony-Palmyra, or Burlington-Bristol bridge. I believe both are $2 toll instead of the $4 for the DRPA bridges (Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross).
    You can if you go up to Trenton like Sean said and take the 95 bridge over. That's ludicrous though.

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    Huh ... $4 it will have to be then. I need to get from Camden to Bensalem within a certain amount of time. Time is money, I guess.

    Thanks guys.

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    Yeah, I didnt' even consider Trenton as its so far out of the way. Easily more $ in gas mileage than the tolls you'd be saving. Plus a headache in general

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodhigan View Post
    Huh ... $4 it will have to be then. I need to get from Camden to Bensalem within a certain amount of time. Time is money, I guess.

    Thanks guys.
    Since you are going to Bensalem, I'd suggest Tacony Palmyra for $2. It wouldn't be too out of the way, taking 130 to 73 to TP bridge to Princeton Ave to I-95N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontforget View Post
    Since you are going to Bensalem, I'd suggest Tacony Palmyra for $2. It wouldn't be too out of the way, taking 130 to 73 to TP bridge to Princeton Ave to I-95N.
    You're risking a bridge opening though if time is of importance like the OP mentioned.

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    I know how to get across the river.



    You're not allowed on the Coastie boat though, sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayman View Post
    I know how to get across the river.



    You're not allowed on the Coastie boat though, sorry
    HA - I wish I had the little motorboat. I work in Camden and live in Philly. I can see my work from home and vice versa - but everyday it's still $4 and sometimes up to 25min each way from one to the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodhigan View Post
    Huh ... $4 it will have to be then. I need to get from Camden to Bensalem within a certain amount of time. Time is money, I guess.

    Thanks guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by y.lama View Post
    HA - I wish I had the little motorboat. I work in Camden and live in Philly. I can see my work from home and vice versa - but everyday it's still $4 and sometimes up to 25min each way from one to the other.
    Tacony, that's not THAT far out of the way.
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    +1 for Tacony-Palmyra... You'll avoid the cluster-f%$k that is the 95 exit/merge between the Ben Franklin Br and Girard Ave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayman View Post
    Tacony, that's not THAT far out of the way.
    I live in center city and work next to the aquarium - that would be WAY out of the way. On the bad days where I get up to the 25 minutes it's because I hit the lights in Camden and Center City which I would hit no matter what Bridge I took. I'm doing reverse commute - the Ben Franklin is the easy part of the drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by y.lama View Post
    I live in center city and work next to the aquarium - that would be WAY out of the way. On the bad days where I get up to the 25 minutes it's because I hit the lights in Camden and Center City which I would hit no matter what Bridge I took. I'm doing reverse commute - the Ben Franklin is the easy part of the drive.
    Might I ask why you wouldn't take PATCO?

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    ^^ What he said. I'm curious also.

    It would be $2.50 round trip - no tolls, no gas, no parking, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gren View Post
    Might I ask why you wouldn't take PATCO?
    Probably important to say that I live on Fitzwater Street so when I say center city I'm extending a bit but.....

    I do take Patco some days alot in the spring summer and fall. The comparison goes like this:

    driving to work = 15min (my all time best time) to 25min (all time worse time on a normal day - no accidents just hitting every light and traffic)

    taking train = almost 10min walk to Patco + time waiting for train + 10min on Patco + 10min walk down Federal Street in camden = avg of 35min. Once I get a new bike it will become = 2.5min bike to Patco + time waiting for train + 10min on Patco + 2.5min bike down Federal = avg of 20min.

    From November to March going down Federal Street in Camden can be coldest windiest experience you could ever imagine - don't make fun of this point unless you've experienced it first hand. Even from our parking lot which is 1 block away it's almost unbearable some days, and after 5 years in the building I've never met anyone that's gotten used to it. The solution of course is to take the river line but this is more time waiting for another train which I'm too stubborn to do.

    I know it sounds like I'm complaining a lot, but in the grand scheme of things I'm happy with my commute and it could be much worse (like when I used to go from Philly to Pottstown everyday) this started because I was just making a joke about wishing I had a boat.

    Patco made a lot more sense when I didn't have a designated parking spot in Philly and lived right near locust street - I could leave my car at the secured lot in Camden, and not have to circle for 30 minutes looking for a parking spot in Philly. Now though I do have a designated parking spot.

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    There's a discount.. Just need to "subscribe" -- for lack of a better word -- to one of their commuter plans. Check out the DRPA EZ Pass site or call them. (I assume it may depend on where your EZ-PASS was issued.)

 

 

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