A Phased Approach to AET
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will begin its phased implementation to a cashless, nonstop AET tolling system in early 2016 with the opening of an AET tolling point at the Delaware River Bridge and the conversion of the Mon/Fayette and Beaver Valley Expressways and the Greensburg Bypass.
The next step is to upgrade the existing toll plazas and express lanes to allow AET at all tolling points. Once that phase is complete, mainline tolling equipment will be installed between exits over time beginning with the locations that experience the highest traffic volumes and E-ZPass usage.
Cashless tolling provides many benefits, including:
- Improved mobility – reduced travel times
- Customer convenience – no stopping to pay tolls
- Cleaner environment – reduced auto emissions
- Operational efficiencies – better use of toll dollars
- Safety – reduced lane changes at toll plazas
- Minimal impact to adjacent properties
Motorists will pay tolls without stopping at tollbooths and all vehicle types will be able to use the entire system. Motorists can use E-ZPass, or choose to be tolled by license plate and receive bills through the mail. E-ZPass now accounts for more than 74% of all transactions systemwide and is higher than 80% at some interchanges. E-ZPass will continue to be the most affordable way to travel the Turnpike.
The AET initiative reflects our mission to responsibly operate and manage a safe, reliable and efficient toll-road system, serve as a transportation services leader, and foster innovation to better serve our customers.