Government

Pa. Turnpike Tolls to Increase 6%

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6% increase in tolls for cash and E-ZPass customers. The increase will begin Jan. 6.

For the most-common toll for passenger vehicles, tolls will increase to $1.38 for E-ZPass customers and $2.25 for those paying cash. Tolls for Class 5 semis will increase to $3.66 for those using E-ZPass and $16.30 for cash payers.

“Since 2009, the PTC has increased tolls annually to make good on a funding obligation required by a 2007 state law,” said Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton in a release. “Under that law, the commission has delivered $6.1 billion in toll-backed funding to PennDOT in the last 11 years.”

The toll increase will also support improvements and maintenance along the 132 miles of the turnpike. Currently, 19 miles of the road are being rebuilt and widened, while plans are underway for similar projects along 82 miles of roads

“Parts of our tollway will soon turn 78 years old, and we owe it to toll-paying customers to continue to invest in our road to make it safer, smoother and wider,” Compton said. “This year, about 84% of our $552 million capital budget is focused on renewing, rebuilding and widening our highway system which last year carried more than 200 million vehicles.”

Later this summer, the turnpike commission will add the 2019 rates to its toll calculator and trip planner.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.