Pa. Turnpike offers new, multi-step process to pay with cash

Written by on June 9, 2022

Pa. Turnpike offers new, multi-step process to pay with cash

By Megan Frank
June 9, 2022

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission spells out how to pay with cash on its website. (Photo |

HARRISBURG, Pa. – There’s a new, however familiar, option for drivers to pay their turnpike tolls.  

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is once again allowing cash payments. There’s just one catch:

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No physical currency will be accepted at toll booths.  

The Pa. Turnpike officially stopped accepting all forms of payment at toll booths late last year. Drivers now pay digitally through an E-ZPass transponder that they keep in their car or via the “Toll By Plate” system, which takes a photo of their license plate and mails them a bill.

Turnpike drivers who want to pay with banknotes will need to follow a few more steps.  

First, they’ll need to access or the PA Toll Pay app and select the “Pay a Bill” option. 

Once they find their license plate number, they can find out what they owe and print a pay slip.  

Next, they’ll need to take the slip to a participating retailer like 7-Eleven, CVS, Dollar General, or Walgreens where the driver can then make a cash payment or add funds to their E-ZPass account.

When toll booth payments were permanently phased out in 2021, the Pa. Turnpike Commission opted for an “All Electronic Tolling” (AET) system, which cost $129 million to implement.

The commission has stated that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the phase-in of the all-electronic system for the 552-mile tollway.  The changes resulted in more than 500 toll collectors and turnpike employees being laid off.

Participating retailers for turnpike cash payments include:

  • 7-Eleven
  • Dollar General
  • Duane Reade
  • Family Dollar
  • GoMart, Inc.
  • Kum & Go
  • Kwik Trip
  • Pilot Travel Center
  • Royal Farms
  • Rutter’s
  • Sheetz
  • Speedway
  • Stop & Go
  • Stripes
  • TravelCenters of America
  • Walgreens

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