Pa. Turnpike doubling E-ZPass service fee

August 23, 2010 7:39:14 AM PDT
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is doubling the annual service fee for those who use E-ZPass from $3 to $6 effective next year.

Motorists who use E-ZPass use an electronic transponder which is mounted inside their windshield. Sensors at toll gates can read the transponders and automatically deduct tolls from the motorist's E-ZPass account.

Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo says motorists who use E-ZPass should more than make up the difference when tolls are raised next year, however. That's because tolls will jump 10 percent for those who pay manually, but just 3 percent for those who use E-ZPass.

The higher service fee will be charged on each motorist's anniversary date. That means if they began using E-ZPass in June, they won't be billed for the higher service fee until June 2011.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette