Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike rise again
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) supported a significant toll increase.
On July 6, the PTC approved a 5% toll increase for both E-ZPass and Toll By Plate customers traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Also, according to PTC, the most common Class-5 truck toll will rise from $ 13 to $ 13.70 for E-ZPass and from $ 26.60 to $ 28 for Toll By Plate users.
Under 2007’s Act 44, the PTC will make an annual payment of $ 450 million to PennDOT. However, starting next year, PTC will only be required to pay PennDOT $ 50 million a year, with $ 400 million in funding coming from Commonwealth’s Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax.
“Starting in July 2022, our transit funding requirement to PennDOT under Act 44 of 2007 will be cut to $50 million annually,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “Finally, we are seeing a light at the end of this very long tunnel. In addition to breathing a huge sigh of relief ourselves, it enables us to begin to offer some relief to customers from those heftier toll increases and refocus on essential improvements to our roadway.”
The toll increases will apply to the entire road, with the exception of the Southern Beltway (PA Turnpike 576) west of Pittsburgh.
The toll increase will take effect at 00:01 on January 2, 2022.