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Fare Schedule To Remain On Pa. Turnpike Tickets

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HARRISBURG (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Turnpike has reversed its decision to stop printing the toll schedule on tickets motorists get when they enter the highway. But those toll schedules will still disappear temporarily in January.

Citing the popularity of EZ-Pass and the need for austerity, The Pennsylvania Turnpike decided to stop printing the toll schedule on tickets and immediately found itself under attack from, among others, auditor general Jack Wagner, who questioned whether it was an effort to cover up an annual toll increase taking effect in January.

In an interview on Pittsburgh sister station KDKA, turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier announced that the plan had been scrapped.

“We were obviously just trying to save money,” he said. “And one thing we were not doing is trying to hide anything.”

But it will take time to print tickets reflecting the toll increases of 10-percent for cash and 3-percent for EZ-Pass, so a spokesman says come January, the Pennsylvania turnpike will have to temporarily use toll tickets without fare schedules.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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