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Turnpike toll increase starts Jan. 7

By , - Last modified: December 29, 2017 at 9:31 AM

The state Turnpike Commission this year announced a toll increase of 6 percent that will go into effect Jan. 7 and will affect E-ZPass and cash customers.

The most common toll for a Class-5 vehicle—a prevalent tractor-trailer class—will increase from $10.17 to $10.78 (6 percent) for E-ZPass and from $14.45 to $15.35 (6.2 percent) for cash.

The rate increase will bring the most common tolls for passenger vehicles from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass users and $1.95 to $2.10 for drivers paying cash.

The commission says the yearly toll increases are necessary to provide annual funding to the state Department of Transportation, as well as improving its own 550-mile toll-road system.

Continuing a 6 percent increase year-over-year, as officials have discussed, could result in a $216 toll to cross the state on the turnpike in 2044.

The new toll rates can be found by using the commission's online toll calculator here.

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Christopher Holland

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Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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