Toll position

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike commission has decided to restore the practice of printing toll rates on tickets used by non-E-ZPass motorists, after an outcry from customers and Auditor General Jack Wagner.

    According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, turnpike officials said the tickets listing the higher rates that take effect Jan. 2 won’t be available for a few months since the order for them is only going to the printer this week. The new tickets will be rolled out as they become available even if it means they will be handed out at some interchanges and not others, said Bill Capone, turnpike spokesman.

    The commission initially thought that not having to print new tickets every year would save money, since a 2007 transportation funding law calls for tolls to increase annually, but the move caused a firestorm of protest from motorists and Wagner, who called it a “mistake in judgment.”

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