Pennsylvania Turnpike reminds drivers of toll increase in new year

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

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Published: Dec 30 2013 10:26:34 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 30 2013 04:24:05 PM EST
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

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.