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Monday, August 19, 2019

Toll increases on turnpike set for 2019

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6-percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.

The toll increase will apply to all turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (No. 359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.

The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.30 to $1.38 for E-ZPass customers and from $2.10 to $2.25 for cash customers. The cashless toll at the westbound Delaware River Bridge will increase from $5 to $5.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $6.75 to $7.20 for those who use turnpike TOLL-BY-PLATE.

The most common toll for a Class 5 tractor-trailer truck will increase from $3.45 to $3.66 for E-ZPass and from $15.35 to $16.30 for cash.

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 state turnpike system.

“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,” Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said. “Under that law, the commission has delivered $6.1 billion in toll-backed funding to [the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation] in the last 11 years.”

Compton said the increase will also support efforts to manage the asset the PTC was assigned to build, operate and maintain in the mid 1930s — the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

“Parts of our toll road will soon turn 78 years old, and we owe it to toll-paying customers to continue to invest in our road to make it safer, smoother and wider,” Compton said. “This year, about 84 percent of our $552 million capital budget is focused on renewing, rebuilding and widening our highway system, which last year carried more than 200 million vehicles.”

The PTC has thus far reconstructed more than 132 miles of its system, with another 19 miles of roadway now being rebuilt and widened and more than 82 miles currently in planning and design phases. The PTC does not receive tax appropriations to operate and maintain its roadway.

The commission has posted a 2019 trip calculator and toll schedule online. Visit paturnpike.com/toll/tollmileage.aspx for that and other information.