April 30, 2018 News Release

PA Turnpike Activates Cashless Tolling Pilot at Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue on Northeastern Extension

PA Turnpike Activates Cashless Tolling Pilot at Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue on Northeastern Extension

HARRISBURG, PA (APRIL 29, 2018) – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is reminding motorists the Clarks Summit (No. 130) and Keyser Avenue (No. 121) interchanges on the PA Turnpike’s Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lackawanna County have been converted to a cashless tolling system this weekend as part of the agency’s pilot program. 

Cashless Tolling allows customers at those interchanges to pay without stopping at toll plazas. All tolls are assessed electronically as vehicles travel at posted speed limits through the toll plazas, which will remain in place for now but will not be staffed.

Customers must pay tolls using E-ZPass or PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE. E-ZPass customers will have their toll deducted from their pre-paid account as usual. Customers without E-ZPass will receive a PA Turnpike TOLL-BY-PLATE invoice.

“Tolling agencies across the country are introducing cashless systems and we owe it to customers to continue to use the best technology available in every facet of our operations,” said PTC CEO Mark Compton. “At the same time, our system is somewhat unique, and we want to be sure that the technology makes sense for our customers and operations.”

Compton noted that the PTC is committed to a series of staged cashless pilot projects. This approach ensures that the system will be tested under different circumstances.

Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue are the commission’s third pilot locations. In January 2016, the Turnpike opened a cashless tolling point near the Turnpike Bridge over the Delaware River at the eastern end of its system and last year at the Beaver Valley Expressway (I-376).

Earlier in the week the PTC announced its postponement of the Cashless Tolling go-live date for the Findlay Connector — the six-mile segment of Southern Beltway (PA Turnpike 576) in Washington and Allegheny counties. Originally planned for April 29, the go-live date will be delayed to later this spring or summer.

 The PTC has also assured employees that there will be no layoffs associated with these staged projects.  For more information on the project, including a video about how cashless tolling works visit www.nocashzone.com.

Rosanne Placey
Phone: 717.675.4362
Kathleen Walter
Phone: 610.313.6383