January 05, 2018
Drivers should be aware of increased prices on the Pennsylvania Turnpike going into effect this weekend.
There will be a six-percent increase for both cash and E-ZPass customers starting Sunday, Jan. 7. The hike is needed to pay for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's funding and annual improvements, officials say.
“We recognize that motorists pay a premium to travel on our roadway,” said commission CEO Mark Compton.
“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.”
The most basic tolls will increase from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.95 to $2.10 for cash customers. For most tractor-trailer drivers, that increase will be from $10.17 to 10.78 for E-ZPass and from $14.45 to $15.35 for cash.
There are some exceptions. At the Delaware River Bridge westbound cashless tolling point in Bucks County, there will be no increase in 2018 for E-ZPass and Toll By Plate drivers.
At the Keyser Avenue and Clarks Summit exits on the Northeastern Extension in Lackawanna County, increases won't take effect until April because of a planned conversion to cashless tolling. The same goes for the Findlay Connector in Allegheny and Washington counties, as it is also going cashless.