PA Turnpike Increasing Tolls Again

The 6 percent increase begins January 6

July 03, 2018 - 3:52 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will once again be more expensive starting next week.

The PA Turnpike Commission approved a six percent toll increase at their bimonthly meeting  for all vehicles. The increase takes effect January 6, 2019.

In a release the Turnpikes says, “The 2019 Toll Increase - like previous annual toll increases — is required to meet the PTC’s funding obligations as well as maintaining and improving the 552-mile PA Turnpike system.”

Turnpike CEO Mark Compton says  “Since 2009, the PTC has increased tolls annually to make good on a funding obligation required by a 2007 state law known as Act 44,” said Compton. “Under that law, the commission has delivered $6.1 billion in toll-backed funding to PennDOT in the last 11 years.”

The Turnpike does not get funding from the legislature but is obligated to pay close to half a billion dollars to fund PennDOT and other transportation projects in the state.

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