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Some Drivers With E-ZPass Baffled By Those Without

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Motorists who have E-ZPass typically make better time than drivers in the cash lanes, and some are wondering why they don't sign up.

The MTA says out of its 25 million monthly transactions at nine bridges and tunnels, nearly 80 percent were E-ZPass and 20 percent were cash. The Port Authority says at its crossings, 25 percent are cash, instead of the electronic device.

"I don't understand why they don't have it," one driver told CBS 2's John Slattery.

"That's the best thing about it.  I don't have to wait in line," another said.

With the E-ZPass lanes oftentimes wide open, some motorists don't understand why others resist the convenience.

"I should have it.  I've always wanted to get it.  I don't have it yet," said Scott Koen, who in New Jersey and drives to the city daily. "I have no excuses."

"I'm driving my boss's car," another driver told Slattery.

The plastic pass requires an account with a cash balance from a credit card, which one driver says is "too expensive" an investment.

With E-ZPass, drivers get a discount. A $6.50 fare is reduced to $4.80 with EZ Pass, a savings of $1.70.

Of course, another reason some drivers might opt for paying cash, the fear that Big Brother is watching their every move.

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