Tolls for drivers who use the Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up starting Sunday.
A motorist who got out of his car on the Pa. Turnpike has been struck and killed, and about 50 cars behind him were involved in a series of fender-benders that closed westbound lanes.
A Turnpike Commission spokesman says the turnpike plans to borrow $200 million and is expected to save $35 million, also says the plan has been thoroughly vetted.
“This will be the most significant change in how the turnpike has operated since it opened in 1940,” says interim CEO Craig Shuey.
In this age of the iPhone, many states are removing outdated emergency call boxes from the sides of highways, but that’s not the case in Pennsylvania where the CBS 3 I-Team found the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission plans to keep spending hundreds of thousands of dollars maintaining theirs even though very few drivers use them.
Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say they will further explore the possibility of converting to an all-electronic tolling system, after a yearlong study has concluded that such a conversion is feasible.
The navigation aid company TomTom used its database to measure distances between exits on the nation’s highways and two of the longest stretches are in Western Pennsylvania.
The driver, Kareem Edward Farmer, 24, of Philadelphia of the Greyhound bus bound for St. Louis lost control on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Saturday, sending the bus careering across the highway and it landed on its side.
As part of a yearlong feasibility study of switching to an all-electronic toll system, the Pennsylvania Turnpike has launched an online survey of cash-paying customers.