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What should travelers know about the New Jersey Turnpike?

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Passengers should be familiar with the toll rates and how tolls are calculated before entering the New Jersey Turnpike. Toll amounts depend on the distance traveled and the vehicle type, and the tolls increase during peak periods.

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What should travelers know about the New Jersey Turnpike?
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Peak periods are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Tolls are higher during these times. Generally speaking, the more axles a vehicle has, the more the vehicle's driver is expected to pay in tolls. A toll calculator is available at the New Jersey Turnpike website.

A number of discounts are available, but the discounts usually require the use of a New Jersey E-Z Pass. Senior citizens over the age of 65 get a 10 percent discount during off-peak hours. Drivers in vehicles rated at 45 miles per gallon or better and that meet the California Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle standard also get a 10 percent discount during off-peak hours. Residents of Florence and Roebling get a discount at Interchange 6. There are also a number of discounts for trucks, buses and business or commercial accounts.

The turnpike has a number of service stations that have gas, restrooms and other services available. Most have a variety of fast food chain locations as well.

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