Your Jan. 14 article "Turnpike Continues to Offer Employees Free Travel" written by Jon Schmitz was very timely, because I was going to submit the following comments after coming back to Pittsburgh from Ohio two days earlier.
I used to travel back and forth from Pittsburgh to Cleveland on a regular basis, about three times a week, and would use old Route 60 (now Interstate 376) to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and continue on to Cleveland, returning the same way. I was charged a nominal fee at the toll gate at Route 60. The fee to enter Pennsylvania was under $2 plus another 50 cents at the Route 60 toll gate.
During my trip on Jan. 12, my toll charges were $1 each way at Route 60. The turnpike did not charge me for leaving the state, but upon my return, I was charged $5.25 to get on, travel eight miles to the toll booth on Route 60, and then pay another $1 get off that road. A charge of $5.25 is rather high to drive eight miles, and then have to pay another dollar.
The turnpike's selfish attitude toward every driver using the road just increases the public's negative feelings toward its officials. They could just give a computer-generated receipt, with the time and date posted on it, and not charge again at Route 60.