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Pa. Turnpike tolls to go up Sunday

By , - Last modified: January 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Rates will be going up starting Sunday for motorists who use the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said that toll rates will increase on Jan. 6 by 10 percent for cash customers and 2 percent for E-ZPass customers.

The new rates are expected to generate approximately $25 million in new revenue in 2013.

The Turnpike Commission has set E-ZPass rates lower than cash rates since 2011. It aims to increase E-ZPass enrollment because it's less costly to process an electronic transaction compared to a cash transaction.

Today, about 68 percent of all Pennsylvania Turnpike travelers already have E-ZPass, and the commission wants to grow that number as it develops a completely cashless system, called All-Electronic Tolling, in the coming years.

The commission said the toll increase is needed, in part, to satisfy its obligation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to help address a transportation-funding shortfall.

Under Act 44 of 2007, the Turnpike continues to make annual contributions of $450 million to PennDOT; of that, $250 million is used for public-transit agencies and $200 million is used for off-Turnpike road and bridge projects.

The commission said the toll increase is also essential to fund its own capital plan, focused largely on total reconstruction and widening projects.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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