For many travelers, an extra 7 to 15 cents will add to toll fees beginning 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7.
Last July, the PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) approved the six-percent increase for both cash and E-ZPass customers to meet funding and capital-improvement obligations. Under Act 44, passed in 2007, the PTC must offer $450 million to PennDOT each year in supplemental funding.
Since then, the PTC has provided more than $5 billion to PennDOT, $3.6 billion in financial assistance to the commonwealth’s mass-transit agencies and $2.25 billion to help fund off-Turnpike highway and bridge construction.
PTC CEO Mark Compton understands motorists pay to travel on the roadway.
“With that premium comes our commitment to maintaining and enhancing our 77-year-old system to provide a smoother, safer roadway for our customers during every season of the year and every hour of the day,” Compton wrote in a statement.
For passenger vehicles an increase from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.95 to $2.10 for cash customers. The most common toll for a Class-5 vehicle, a prevalent tractor-trailer class, will go from $10.17 to 10.78 for E-ZPass and from $14.45 to $15.35 for cash.
This fiscal year nearly 85 percent of the PTC’s $500 million capital budget will go towards renewing, rebuilding and expanding the roadway. The PTC has reconstructed more than 124 miles of the system that serviced 200 million vehicles in 2017. Currently, 20 miles of roadway is being rebuilt and widened, and more than 90 miles in planning and design phases.
By the end of 2022, the PTC plans to reinvest more than $2.4 billion to relieve congestion and provide better mobility.
The following are exceptions to the PA Turnpike toll increase:
- There will be no 2018 increase for E-ZPass or Toll By Plate customers at the Delaware River Bridge westbound cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County;
- Toll rates at the Keyser Avenue (#122) and Clarks Summit (#131) toll plazas on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lackawanna County will not increase until April 2018 as a part of the planned conversion to cashless tolling (rates will be set closer to the conversion date using a new vehicle-classification system);
- Toll rates at the Findlay Connector (PA Turnpike 576, Allegheny and Washington counties) will not increase until April 2018 as a part of the planned conversion to cashless tolling (rates will be set closer to the conversion date using a new vehicle-classification system).
To access a toll calculator and printable schedule click here.