Turnpike one step closer to all-electronic tolling

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 29, 2012 7:14 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike is one step closer to implementing all-electronic tolling.

The state Turnpike Commission has selected HNTB Corporation to manage the project creating a cashless tolling system.

The company, which has offices in Harrisburg and other locations in the state, has been tapped for other electronic tolling systems across the country.

Turnpike Commission spokesman Carl DeFebo says it will likely take years to phase out the current toll booth system.

"We've actually begun the implementation process, but it's going to be a long implementation," DeFebo says. "It is about a five-year project, at a minimum, to convert a system this size to a chasless, or all-electronic, tolling system."

DeFebo says about 68 percent of turnpike drivers already use the electronic E-Z Pass.

He says the Turnpike is the largest toll system in the US to begin transitioning to electronic collection.

The system comprises more than 550 miles of toll roads.

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