Prices to use the PA Turnpike are set to go up another 6% this upcoming Sunday.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission spokesperson Roseann Placey gives an idea of what this means for everyday use.
“For the most common toll,” Placey began, “For a passenger vehicle, they will see an increase from $1.40 to $1.50 for E-ZPass. And from $2.30 to $2.50 for cash customers.”
These costs have increased every year since 2009. Placey says the commission is using these funds to pay for its 10-year capital plan and its debt service costs.
The capital plan is fairly straightforward at a basic level; the commission uses funds to repair and widen the roadway. The debt service costs are less immediately visible to the common motorist.
“As a result of our funding obligation to PennDOT, we’ve had to take on significant debt. And debt as you know is costly, it’s almost like having a 30 year mortgage.”
And the PA Turnpike seems aware of the complaints some have at the rising cost. Placey placed an emphasis on value.
“We understand that our customers pay a premium to ride on our roadway,” Placey said. “That’s why we strive to make it as reliable as possible. And we do see that we significantly outpace national averages as it relates to ride quality, safety, and incident response rate.”
The PA Turnpike turns 80 years old this year.