Ohio Turnpike To Accept Credit Card Payments

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cleveland (AP) -- That scramble for cash and loose change as you approach an exit on the Ohio Turnpike may be coming to an end.

The 241-mile turnpike plans to allow drivers to pay by credit and debit cards by year's end.

The turnpike is also implementing e-z pass electronic tolling, which allows drivers to cruise through exits as a radio transponder automatically deducts tolls from a driver's account.

While most states in the northeast already offer electronic tolling, Ohio will be one of the first in the country to accept credit cards at attended toll booths as well as at machines.

Electronic tolling began in other states in 1993 but the Ohio Turnpike Commission waited to install the $50 million system until the current one needed to be replaced.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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