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Joe Agnello
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
200 North Center Avenue
New Stanton, PA 15672-9602
Desk: 724-755-5262
Fax: 724-755-5142

June 27, 2008


Instant E-ZPass Sign-Ups to be Offered Next Week at Oakmont and North Somerset Service Plazas

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will offer three days of instant E-ZPass sign-ups Monday through Wednesday, June 30 through July 2, at its two newly rebuilt and expanded service plazas west of Allegheny Tunnel.

Sign-up teams will be working from 8 am to 3 pm at the North Somerset Plaza at Milepost 112 Westbound and from 9 am to 4 pm at the Oakmont Service Plaza at Milepost 49 Eastbound. Registrants should have their driver’s license, vehicle registration card and a major credit card.    

Persons wishing to enroll in the electronic fare collection program will be able to register within minutes and leave with an E-ZPass “tag” they can use immediately in any fare collection lane, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, where the purple E-ZPass logo is displayed.

The tag is a small transponder mounted on the windshield that sends a signal to an overhead reader in the fare collection lane. The devices interact to classify vehicles and deduct appropriate fares from pre-paid accounts while drivers keep moving.

It costs as little as $38 to open an account, with $35 of that being toll credit that does not expire. It’s easiest to pay by credit card or debit card and authorize automatic replenishment when your pre-paid balance drops below $10. Transponders can be moved between vehicles. Customers can view and print confidential transaction statements from the Turnpike’s Web site.

Pennsylvania’s E-ZPass program functions seamlessly with designated fare collection lanes on most Northeastern and Atlantic Seaboard toll roads and a growing consortium of toll roads extending as far west as Illinois.