The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is moving ahead with plans to convert to an all-electronic toll collection system by 2018, an inevitable nod to technology that will improve the situation for motorists.
Once fully implemented, the 545-mile turnpike’s 76 tollbooths will be a thing of the past. Vehicles would maintain normal highway speeds as they pass under overhead stanchions equipped with electronic readers, which is what happens now in some E-ZPass lanes.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is raising tolls 10 percent for cash paying customers in 2012. The increase does not apply to E-Zpass customers. Tolls increased in 2011 as well, 10 percent for cash payers and 3 percent for E-Zpass users.
This is the Turnpike Commissions way of gently urging everyone to use E-Zpass…