Turnpike tolls going up 5% starting in January 2022

Written by on July 7, 2021

Turnpike tolls going up 5% starting in January 2022

By Sam Dunklau / WITF

July 7, 2021

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It will cost drivers more money to travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike starting next year.

Turnpike commissioners have unanimously approved a 5-percent toll hike across every part of the roadway except for a stretch west of Pittsburgh.

Starting in January, passenger vehicle drivers that have an EZ-Pass will pay at least $1.70, up from $1.60, to use the turnpike.

Turnpike Commission spokesperson Rosanne Placey says toll hikes pay to keep things running smoothly:

“We understand that our customers pay a premium to use our roadway. In return, we are committed to offering the safest, smoothest and most quality ride available to them,” Placey says. 

The turnpike has legally had to pay the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hundreds of millions of dollars a year for public transportation in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, she says. 

To make those payments, the commission has had to hike tolls every year since 2009.

Next year, though, the commission will have to put $50 million to that effort, down from the $450 million it has been paying for years.

Placey says that means toll increases may be smaller in the future:

“We are finally seeing a little bit of light at the end of this very long tunnel.  In addition to our being able to breathe a sigh of release, it does allow us to offer relief to our customers from those heavier toll increases that they’ve been seeing,” she says. 

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