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Pa. Turnpike Thinks of a No-Cash, No-Collectors Future

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission plans to study possible elimination of cash tolls on the highway, but any such move would be years away.

tollbooth paying tight Pa. Turnpike Thinks of a No Cash, No Collectors FutureFirst of all, it’s important to understand that any no-cash tolling system would not mean that you would have to have be signed up for E-Z Pass or some other electronic system. Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo says any no-cash scheme would involve technology similar to that already used by the turnpike to catch violators:

“Where, if you don’t have E-Z Pass and you get into an E-Z Pass lane, we snap a picture of your license plate and send you a violation in the mail.”

In this case, you would get an invoice for the toll in the mail, or a debit system might be created where you put money in an account that is automatically deducted when you use the turnpike.

DeFebo says the study probably won’t begin until later this year or early next year, and would then take a year to complete. Approval, if it comes, would take even more time after that.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo.
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  • milt

    I was an early user of EZ Pass, but after receiving numerous forms to fill out every time the EZ Pass system failed, got fed up filling out the forms and went back to cash. If you don’t fill out the form EZ Pass will whack you a hundred bucks, EZ Pass isn’t worth the hassle.
    Cashless toll roads hope it never comes to be.
    One of the reasons they want a cashless system is you don’t actually “SEE” the tolls.They can raise the tolls and never get a complaint face to face.

  • DT

    About time. Toll collectors on the PA T-pike are grumpy and miserable which is strange considering how much work they DON’T do and the huge salaries they get for not doing anything.

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