Kathy Liebler

Manager, Public Affairs & Media Relations

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Kathy Liebler (717) 939-9551, Ext. 2840
Bill Capone (717) 939-9551, Ext. 3040

December 12, 2002

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, 8 a.m.

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Executive Director John Durbin today reminded Pennsylvania Turnpike commercial customers they can begin using       E-ZPass on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 a.m.  E-ZPass is available at 37 exits on the Pennsylvania Turnpike ticket system.

“If you’ve already enrolled in our program or have E-ZPass through another agency, we invite you to begin enjoying the benefits of paying tolls electronically, without stopping or fumbling for tickets,” said Durbin.  “If you’re not yet enrolled, what’s stopping you?” Customers can enroll at www.paturnpike.com or by calling 1-877-PENNPASS and requesting a commercial enrollment package.

Companies that are currently enrolled in E-ZPass through another agency can open a companion account with the Pennsylvania Turnpike, allowing them to take advantage of volume discounts.  The Turnpike’s existing commercial charge card program will continue until E-ZPass has been implemented on the entire Turnpike system, including Amos K. Hutchinson and James E. Ross highways, Mon-Fayette Expressway and the Keyser Avenue and Clarks Summit toll plazas on the Northeastern Extension.

Companies currently enrolled in another E-ZPass program that don’t qualify for commercial volume discounts on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, (monthly minimum usage must total at least $1,000) do not have to enroll and can simply begin using E-ZPass on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on December 14. 

Commercial vehicles are class two vehicles and above, or any vehicle weighing greater than 7,000 pounds.  The commercial vehicle designation also includes fleets of class one vehicles or passenger cars, which offer commercial services.  A commercial vehicle account may be opened for one car, one truck or a number of vehicles.

Durbin urged all customers to be cautious and alert during the next few weeks as commercial customers familiarize themselves with the system and location of lanes.  Customers will see fewer lanes accepting E-ZPass and tickets, and more lanes dedicated to E-ZPass over the next few months.

He reminded customers to look for flashing yellow lights that designate E-ZPass Only lanes.  Durbin also encouraged customers to pay close attention to the 5-miles per hour speed limit in all E-ZPass lanes.  “The safety of our employees and customers is of the utmost importance.”

The Pennsylvania Turnpike launched E-ZPass regionally in December 2000, expanding it statewide in December 2001.  Since then, 250,000 E-ZPass tags have been issued to non-commercial customers.   With the enrollment of commercial customers that began in November, Turnpike officials estimate that  75,000 to 100,000 commercial vehicles will be using E-ZPass in the initial weeks of implementation.   

“The success of E-ZPass has exceeded our greatest expectations,” said Durbin.  We’ve worked hard to build and expand the program while providing the highest level of customer service.  Our goal is to create a program that smart drivers want to be a part of.  The number of E-ZPass customers, which continues to increase each week, demonstrates that we’ve succeeded.”     

Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association President Jim Runk said his members were thrilled that E-ZPass will now be available on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  “It’s convenient, easy, reduces backlogs at interchanges, and it’s seamless with surrounding states.  I urge members who have not yet enrolled to call or check out the website today.”

Durbin emphasized that commercial customers who are already enrolled in E-ZPass and do not qualify for volume discounts, do not have to enroll and can begin using E-ZPass on the Turnpike December 14.  

E-ZPass is the convenient way for travelers to pay tolls without stopping and fumbling for change or tickets, and is being used by millions of people who travel up and down the Northeast corridor through Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission E-ZPass program visit www.paturnpike.com.

PLEASE NOTE: On Saturday, Dec. 14, Pennsylvania Turnpike spokespersons will be available to the media at various interchanges.  Please call Kathy Liebler at 717-939-9551 ext. 2840 for more information or to schedule an interview.


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