Turnpike Toll Rates Increase Again

HARRISBURG -- Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike have gone up again.

Starting Sunday, drivers will now pay six percent more for tolls on the turnpike. That applies to both cash and E-ZPass payments.

The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.95 to $2.10 for cash customers.

Newswatch 16 spoke with a few drivers in Monroe County whose reactions were mixed.

"Well, I'm in the military, so that's definitely going to suck because I have to travel all across the state, so that isn't going to be fun. You're always losing money, you know what I mean? The roads are in bad shape as it is. Maybe this will help fix them," said Dan Stein of King of Prussia.

"I have E-ZPass. It's not really a big deal to me. I didn't really notice," said Laura Greenberg of Walnutport.

The increase was approved in July. The Turnpike Commission says the increase is needed to pay for construction. The commission also owes $450 million to PennDOT every year.

Tolls are expected to go up every year until 2044.

Rates at the Keyser Avenue (#122) and Clarks Summit (#131) exits on the northeast extension in Lackawanna County will not increase until April as a part of a planned conversion to cashless toll booths.

6 comments

  • Steve Reynolds

    The truth is that The PA Turnpike is a rip-off. I researched this and the NY Thruway costs 6 cents a mile compared to 14 cents a mile on the Turnpike. In fact, the NY Thruway is 100 miles longer than the Turnpike and costs about $28 for the entire length compared to $45-50 on the Turnpike.

  • PA Second Rate State

    Construction projects? How about stop creating jobs that are not needed or your rampant political patronage? I’d love to know why a toll road needs a marketing director and staff.

    • Ted

      “I’d love to know why a toll road needs a marketing director and staff.” The same reason the post office advertises stamps. Just an excuse to spend the budget.

  • McCracken

    Boy, are you guys in for a surprise when the Trump Administration lays out its infrastructure plan…

  • mopar driver

    So we project tolls to stop going up in 2044 ? Do the magic fairies save us then ? How much would be saved by booting the turnpike commission and scrapping tolls that could allow the economy to improve in these areas , send this fiasco back to the state as a regular interstate .

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