Turnpike begins work on new tolling system

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has begun building the final phase of its All-Electronic Tolling (AET) implementation.

Work is now underway to relocate tolling points in eastern Pennsylvania from their current interchange locations. New highway-speed collection points are being built along the roadway between interchanges using a technique called Open Road Tolling, or ORT — a cashless, free-flowing mode of collecting tolls without traditional toll plazas or tollbooths.

With ORT, tolls continue to be paid electronically, but now vehicles will drive at highway speed beneath overhead structures — called gantries — located on the turnpike between exit and entry points. Equipment installed on the gantry and in the roadway identifies and classifies vehicles and processes E-ZPass and Toll By Plate payments.