The way we pay to drive the turnpike may be changing. Later this month, the Turnpike Commission will test cashless tolling in two locations.
Signs, signs, everywhere a sign of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But signs like ‘cash only’ may soon be a thing of the past.
Carl Defebo tells us, “Those without EZ Pass have a new way to pay.” He explains, “You go through the lane, and we take a photograph of the license plate of the vehicle. And we send a monthly invoice out to the registered owner.”
One of the locations at the Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue tolling points near Scranton will use the current toll plaza. Defebo says, “those folks will no longer have to fumble for change”.
The second location on the Findlay Connector in Pittsburgh will actually just be a steel frame with cameras and E-Z Pass reading equipment. Defebo explains, “…so you won’t even have to slow down. You can proceed at highway speed, 55 miles per hour.”
Defebo says the cashless system will make the turnpike safer because drivers won’t have to swerve to get in the right lane. And, with half a million drivers using the turnpike daily, it will also clear up congestion. “What you have is more mobility, more throughput, less stopping, less idling, and less of an environmental impact too, with fewer carbon emissions.”
The two new locations part of a pilot program. If all goes well, the turnpike hopes to convert all tolling to the cashless system, possibly as early as 2022.
The new cashless tolling locations will be in place on April 29th. The Turnpike Commission says there will be no layoffs associated with the changes.
–Matt Heckel, Jet 24 Action News