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Traffic lights starting to be removed from Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booths

Posted 3/22/17

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission started Friday to decommission and remove the red, yellow and green traffic lights used as feedback signals, starting with the Harrisburg West Interchange (exit …

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Traffic lights starting to be removed from Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booths

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission started Friday to decommission and remove the red, yellow and green traffic lights used as feedback signals, starting with the Harrisburg West Interchange (exit 242).

The signals, used to provide feedback to E-ZPass drivers indicating their transponders were properly read at toll booths, are now prohibited for such use by federal guidelines, according to the commission.

“Signal light technology currently in use has become outdated and cumbersome,” said PTC Chief Operating Officer Craig Shuey.

As the PTC replaces its equipment with enhanced technology, customers may temporarily see the decommissioned light stations wrapped in yellow plastic at certain interchanges. Thereafter, the signals — which have been in service since E-ZPass was launched in 2001 — will go away at several interchanges each month until the upgrade is done by the end of 2017.

The change will simplify signage for customers, as well as reduce stop-and-go traffic through the interchanges, according to the commission.

Drivers should continue to travel through E-ZPass lanes at the posted speeds. Customers with questions about an E-ZPass account, including whether a transponder is working properly, should call the E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 877-736-6727.

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