Pa. Turnpike Commission approves toll hike

Turnpike Commission approves toll increase

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a toll hike for next year.

The commission says the increase means rates will be going up 10 percent for cash-paying customers and 2-percent for those who pay with E-ZPass. The agency says the hike will result in a toll-revenue growth of 3 percent.

Chief Executive Officer Roger E. Nutt said in a statement that the increase will generate revenue needed to satisfy a $450 million funding obligation to the state.

Officials said that the increase means E-ZPass customers will now be saving 25 percent, which is up from the 17 percent savings they see now.

The commission said the last time tolls were increased was in January 2011. The new rates go into effect on Jan. 6.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission also selected a program manager to lead the potential implementation of a cashless, All-Electronic Tolling (AET) system.

The commission voted unanimously to select HNTB Corp., which has offices in Philadelphia, Norristown, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

The conversion is expected to take at least five years.

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