CRANBERRY TWP — Drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are seeing a toll increase.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved the 6 percent increase earlier this year in an effort to raise the requisite funding required under law, according to a news release.
Tolls have increased every year for the last 11 years.
“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 Mark Compton, Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO. “Under that law, the commission has delivered $6.1 billion in toll-backed funding to PennDOT in the last 11 years.”
The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.30 to $1.38 for E-ZPass customers and from $2.10 to $2.25 for those paying in cash, according to the commission.
The most common toll for Class-5 tractor-trailers will increase from $2.45 to $3.66 for E-ZPass customers and from $15.35 to $16.30 for those paying in cash.
The section of the Turnpike from Cranberry west to the Beaver Valley and New Castle exits is not tolled.
Compton said the money will be used to reinvest in the Turnpike’s aging infrastructure and to continue ongoing improvement efforts.
“Parts of our tollway 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,” he 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.”
A full schedule of upcoming projects is available on the Turnpike website.
To calculate the cost of a trip on the Turnpike, visit www.paturnpike.com/toll/tollmileage.aspx for costs as well as the latest toll schedules.