Pennsylvania Turnpike to lay off hundreds of toll collectors

Turnpike Commission votes for entire system to go cashless

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June 02, 2020 - 8:02 pm
 Traffic flows through an entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, whose union is on strike, November 24, 2004 in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — About 500 fare collectors and other toll workers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike are about to those their jobs. The Turnpike Commission voted Tuesday to make the entire interstate network a cashless system. The cuts are the latest development in the agency’s multi-year transition from a system that's largely relied on workers stationed in toll booths to collect cash to one that employs E-ZPass as well as automated license readers. The job losses will begin June 18, and the commission said some health benefits will remain in place for two years.  

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