The way we pay to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike may be changing. Later this month the Turnpike Commission will test cashless tolling in two locations.
“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,” say Turnpike Spokesperson Carl DeFebo.
One of the locations, at the Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue tolling points near Scranton, will use the current toll plaza.
The second location, on the Findlay Connector in Pittsburgh, will be a steel frame with cameras and E-Z Pass reading equipment.
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.
The two new locations are 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 29-th. The turnpike commission says there will be no layoffs associated with the changes.