Turnpike says electronic tolling working

Keith Mancia enjoys the convenience of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s toll-by-plate system at two Lackawanna County plazas.

With toll-by-plate, Mancia, 36, can roll through the Keyser Avenue and Clarks Summit interchanges without stopping on the way to his Jessup home from his job as a project manager for American Asphalt Co. near Dallas.

High-speed plaza cameras snap a picture of his license plate and the turnpike bills him for the tolls later.

“It’s convenient but they charge you more to use toll-by-plate (than E-ZPass),” Mancia said.

Toll-by-plate is the same as paying with cash. E-ZPass, the turnpike’s other form of electronic tolling, comes with large discounts.

Regardless, turnpike officials say, the agency’s experiment with tolling by license plate at existing cash rates in Taylor, Clarks Summit and elsewhere has gone smoothly and enhanced the trend toward cashless tolling that started with E-ZPass.

By October 2022, turnpike officials expect electronic tolling to entirely replace human toll collection across the turnpike’s 552-mile system.