PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE INCREASING TOLLS AGAIN IN 2017

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) will be raising tolls in 2017 with a 6% across the board rise for both E-ZPass and the cash-paying traveler.

The ninth consecutive year of a toll increase will begin the new collection amounts on January 8, 2017.

PTC Chairman Sean Logan said the increase “is necessary to pay back the borrowing required to meet the PTC’s funding obligations, rebuilding and widening the PA Turnpike system and providing funding to the commonwealth to support public transportation.”

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The PTC is looking for ways to cut costs to mitigate future increases. Over the last 10 years, PTC has reduced its workforce by 8% overall and by 20% in the toll-collection department due to increased E-ZPass usage.

Still, these efforts won’t completely stop the increases, and as of now, the PTC sees they have no option but to raise tolls annually moving forward, with an estimated increase of up to 6% per year until 2044.

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. The most common toll for a Class-5 vehicle will increase from $9.59 to $10.17 for E-ZPass and from $13.60 to $14.45 for cash.

Toll rates will not increase next year on the Turnpike’s Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point northeast of Philadelphia.

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