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Pa. Turnpike hikes tolls for ninth consecutive year

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Tolls will rise on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 8. / File photo
Tolls will rise on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 8. / File photo

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be going up again this weekend.

Tolls will reflect a 6 percent increase for both cash and E-ZPass customers beginning at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 8.

The most common toll for tractor-trailers will increase from $9.59 to $10.17 for E-ZPass customers and from $13.60 to $14.45 for cash customers.

The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.16 to $1.23 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.80 to $1.95 for cash customers.

In 2011 the commission reduced rates on E-ZPass fares to encourage more motorists to adopt the technology, and in the past increases were greater for cash customers as the Turnpike Commission attempted to continue that encouragement. However, the increases have been even since January 2015.

This is the ninth consecutive year for an increase in toll rates and it won’t be the last.

Last year, Commission Chairman Sean Logan predicted such annual hikes would continue.

“Current turnpike traffic and revenue forecasts call for annual increases of 3 to 6 percent through 2044,” Logan said.

He said while funding maintenance and improvements along the 550-mile system is a large chunk of the commission’s expenses, since 2007 the commission has also been required to provide funding for the state Department of Transportation.

“We are required by law to help fund our state’s infrastructure needs and have delivered $5.2 billion in toll-backed funding to PennDOT in nine years,” Logan said in a release. “Today, our annual payments of $450 million help PennDOT provide operating support to mass-transit authorities across the state to mitigate fare increases for transit riders.”

The Pennsylvania Turnpike generated about $1 billion in annual toll revenue collected from nearly 200 million vehicles in 2016.

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