PA Turnpike Not Accepting Cash/Credit, Limiting Service at All Travel Plazas
Middleton, PA – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is no longer accepting cash or credit cards at any interchange statewide.
In an announcement on Monday, the PTC said the change is a “temporary safety measure to keep travelers moving with no need to stop at tollbooths or interact with tolling personnel” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During this time, cash and credit cards will not be accepted anywhere on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s ticket system,” the statement from the PTC reads.
All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the Pennsylvania Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program.
The PTC urges all travelers, “Do NOT stop at tollbooths, travel at posted speed limits through toll plazas.”
“This temporary measure is critical to enable us to support the Commonwealth in its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “I want to be clear that we will return to normal toll-collection operations as soon as it becomes practical.”
Limited Service at ALL Service Plazas
The PTC also announced on Monday that it would be limiting services at all service plazas as part of its COVID-19 mitigation protocol.
The fuel pumps and convenience stores will remain operational, with the exception of the Allentown Service Plaza due to construction.
However, no fast food dining or public restrooms will be available.
The PTC says portable toilets will be available on-site.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) also announced on Monday it was temporarily closing all PennDOT rest areas statewide.
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