Kathy Liebler
                        Director of Public Information

    C   O   M   M   I   S   S   I   O   N                N   E   W   S             R   E   L   E   A   S   E

      Contact: Joe Agnello (412) 925-5462, (412) 925-5032 fax               May 27, 1997


        Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today announced the installation of automatic receipt printers on all of the ramps along the James E. Ross Highway, or Beaver Valley Expressway in Butler and Lawrence Counties.
        Turnpike Executive Director John T. Durbin said, "We have enhanced our fare collection system on the Bypass to meet the needs of customers who must obtain receipts for employment and tax purposes."
        Both the north and south ramps at each exit along the highway have been adapted to provide each customer with a receipt at the simple press of a button. Receipts can now be obtained by customers at all exit ramps.
        The receipt printers have been added to the lane equipment already in place at each ramp. Once the appropriate fare is paid and the green light is illuminated, a customer can then obtain a receipt by pushing a red button marked for receipts. The printing function is initiated only when the fare has been paid and the green light to exit is lit.
        The estimated cost to install receipt printers along the James E. Ross Highway is $21,000. The installation was done by TransCore, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
        Traffic is steadily increasing on the Beaver Valley Expressway. Reports reveal a total of 523,000 trips were taken on the Expressway in the month of April, a 10.5% increase over total trips taken in April of last year.


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