2019-01-10 / Local & State

PA Turnpike Reminds Travelers Of 2019 Toll Increase


HARRISBURG, PA – The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) reminded customers that, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 6, tolls reflected a 6-percent increase for cash, E-ZPass and PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE users. The increase, approved by commissioners last July, is needed to meet the PTC’s dual funding obligation to improve its toll-road system and support mass-transit improvements across the commonwealth.

As a result, the most-common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase a dime for EZPass customers from $1.30 to $1.40 and 20 cents for cash customers from $2.10 to $2.30.

The PTC has reconstructed more than 140 miles of its system, with another 11 miles of roadway now being rebuilt and widened and more than 82 miles in planning and design phases.

Additionally, the turnpike delivered more than $6 billion in toll-backed funding to PennDOT in the last decade. The PTC’s annual payments of $450 million – mandated by Act 44 of 2007 – are to be reduced to $50 million a year in 2022 under Act 89 of 2013.

One way to moderate the effect of the increase is to switch to E-ZPass. E-ZPass holders will save $3.70 on a single trip between Valley Forge and Harrisburg West, for example.

A PA Turnpike E-ZPass can be used on any toll facility where the purple-and-white EZPass logo is shown. To learn more visit https://www.paturnpike.com/toll/ezpass_info.aspx or call 1-877-PENN-PASS (1-877- 736-6727).

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