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.
“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.”