Report favors all-electronic tolls on Pa. Turnpike

Published: Mar 06 2012 03:52:56 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 06 2012 06:01:31 PM EST
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

A new report bolsters the prospect of the Pennsylvania Turnpike converting to an all-electronic tolling system.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission posted the report on its website Tuesday, but officials stressed that any actual conversion is at least five years away.

The study by an outside consultant recommended replacing toll booths with overhead "gantries" on travel lanes. They would electronically deduct tolls from vehicles with E-Z Pass transponders and photograph license plates of other vehicles so bills could be sent to the registered owners.

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The commission is moving ahead with hiring a program management firm to address issues ranging from financial implications to public outreach efforts.

If the commission approves all-electronic tolls, that firm also could oversee the implementation of the new system, said Carl DeFebo, commission spokesman.