Drivers are paying more in 2022 to travel the Pa. Turnpike

Written by on January 4, 2022

Drivers are paying more in 2022 to travel the Pa. Turnpike

By Sam Dunklau /WITF

January 4, 2022

Tolls on the Pa. Turnpike will continue to go up every year until 2050. (Photo | Keith Srakocic/AP)

The Turnpike Commission green-lit a 5-percent rate hike in July as part of its legal obligation to help the state pay for public transit systems in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

That obligation is the reason tolls have gone up every year since 2009 and will have to keep going up until at least 2050.

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Drivers will now pay at least $1.70, up from $1.60, to use the turnpike.

A trip from one end of the roadway to the other will cost you more than $45 with an E-Z Pass, and more than double that if you don’t have one.

However, there are two upsides to all this: 

First, tolls are going up less than last year’s 6-percent hike.

Secondly, the Turnpike Commission’s transit bill is going down from $450 million a year to $50 million.

The agency says that means more money will be free for road repairs and improvements.

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