Pennsylvania Turnpike reminds drivers of toll increase in new year

E-ZPass users to pay 2% more; cash-paying drivers to see 12% hike

Posted: 10:26 AM EST Dec 30, 2013   Updated: 4:24 PM EST Dec 30, 2013
Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booth at Morgantown interchange

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is reminding turnpike travelers that they will be paying higher tolls in the new year.

Tolls for drivers with E-ZPass will see a two percent increase in tolls; cash customers will pay 12 percent more, effective Jan. 5, the commission announced in July.

"Our E-ZPass customers have seen lower increases than cash customers since 2011, and this will be the fourth year we’ve been able to minimize the impact to E-ZPass users," said Mark Compton, the turnpike's CEO. "Since more than 70 percent of our customers pay with E-ZPass today, most customers are taking advantage of these lower rates."

On average, E-ZPass costs about five to 10 times less per transaction than processing a cash toll, officials said.

The toll increases will allow the commission to meet its funding obligation to the state under a 2007 law known as Act 44, officials said.

The new revenue will also help fund the turnpike's plan to rebuild the 73-year-old toll road and widen it from four lanes to six.