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PA Turnpike Lays off 500, Making the Move to Cashless Permanent

A system instituted in March as part of the state’s mitigation efforts to minimize the spread of the coronavirus will become permanent as 500 employees will be laid off this month, Pennsylvania Turnpike officials announced Tuesday.

The announcement means there will be no return to cash collections on the Turnpike system.  The layoffs will impact mostly toll collectors, officials said in statement released today. 

Motorists drive through the lanes at posted speeds without stopping. Tolls will be assessed via E-Z Pass, or a PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE invoice to be sent in the mail.

“I deeply regret that we have reached this point, but the world has been irrevocably changed by the global pandemic,” said Turnpike Commission CEO Mark P. Compton said. “This pandemic had a much greater impact than anyone could have foreseen. The PA Turnpike has not been spared from COVID-19.”

The Turnpike had already announced plans to go cashless by the end of 2021 but the financial impacts of coronavirus has escalated that timeline.
The commission also announced toll increases in January but with Turnpike traffic down by almost 50 percent since March, officials said, and revenues dropping by more than $100 million for the fiscal year ending May 31 it made the move necessary, officials said. 
Layoffs are expected to begin this week, officials said Turnpike officials. 

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PA Turnpike Lays off 500, Making the Move to Cashless Permanent

A system instituted in March as part of the state’s mitigation efforts to minimize the spread of the coronavirus will become permanent as 500 employees will be laid off this month, Pennsylvania Turnpike officials announced Tuesday.

The announcement means there will be no return to cash collections on the Turnpike system.  The layoffs will impact mostly toll collectors, officials said in statement released today. 

Motorists drive through the lanes at posted speeds without stopping. Tolls will be assessed via E-Z Pass, or a PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE invoice to be sent in the mail.

“I deeply regret that we have reached this point, but the world has been irrevocably changed by the global pandemic,” said Turnpike Commission CEO Mark P. Compton said. “This pandemic had a much greater impact than anyone could have foreseen. The PA Turnpike has not been spared from COVID-19.”

The Turnpike had already announced plans to go cashless by the end of 2021 but the financial impacts of coronavirus has escalated that timeline.
The commission also announced toll increases in January but with Turnpike traffic down by almost 50 percent since March, officials said, and revenues dropping by more than $100 million for the fiscal year ending May 31 it made the move necessary, officials said. 
Layoffs are expected to begin this week, officials said Turnpike officials. 

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