Signs all along the Turnpike off-ramps alert drivers which toll lanes are open for cash, and which lanes are for E-Z Pass, but some of those signs may soon be a thing of the past.
Later this month the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will be rolling out two cashless toll booths. Carl DeFebo, the spokesperson for the Commission says it will be a new way to pay for drivers without E-Z Pass.
“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,” said DeFebo.
One of the locations will be at the Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue near Scranton, the second will be on the Findlay Connector in Pittsburgh. It will actually just be a steel frame with cameras and E-Z Pass reading equipment.
“You won’t even have to slow down. You can proceed at highway speed, 55 miles per hour,” said DeFebo.
The cashless system will make the Turnpike safer, because drivers won’t have to swerve to get in the right lane. It is also expected to clear up congestion with the half-a-million drivers who use the toll road every day.
“What you have is more mobility, more throughput, less stopping, less idling, and less of an environmental impact too, with fewer carbon emissions,” said DeFebo.
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.