Turnpike rates to rise in 2014

HARRISBURG — Tolls are going to rise on Pa turnpikes.  The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 2014 toll-rate increase.  The ruling will allow a 2 percent increase for E-ZPass customers and a 12 percent increase for cash customers.

Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said, “We understand that these recurrent annual increases can create an economic hardship for some, and for this reason we ardently support a measure in the general assembly that would modify the funding requirements in Act 44… If passed, this measure would mean that the PTC could eventually reduce the magnitude of future toll increases.”

The rate increase will help the PTC reach their Act 44 requirments.  It will also help fund the Turnpike’s capital improvement plan, which is focused mostly on completely rebuilding and wideneing the 73-year-old toll road.  The increase will take effect January 5.  (Codi Jade)


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