Some drivers get an E-ZPass on Pennsylvania Turnpike toll hike

    Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will go up starting Sunday–but not for drivers in the E-ZPass lane.

    The 10 percent toll increase only applies to motorists paying with cash. The Turnpike Commission announced the selective hike this past summer, and expected to see E-ZPass registration jump.

    So far that hasn’t happened.

    Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo says he wishes it would.

    “It costs the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission less to collect a toll electronically and so, in essence, we’re just passing that savings on to our customers,” DeFebo said. “As a matter of fact, it costs about 25 cents a transaction to collect tolls with E-ZPass, but around a dollar to collect tolls the traditional way.”

    The Turnpike’s website has a list of places where people can buy an E-ZPass. Motorists can also sign up online and have the transponder delivered in the mail.

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