The PA Turnpike is planning to bump up fares for its travelers. Set to take effect January 6th of next year, the 6% rise in price reflects an 8 cent increase for most E-ZPass users and about 15 cents for cash payers.
The change will affect even the Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County, which has not seen a rate increase since January 2016, increasing the toll from $5.00 to $5.30 for E-ZPass and $6.75 to $7.20 for TOLL-BY-PLATE customers.
Class-5 tractor-trailer trucks can expect a larger increase as well. E-ZPass truckers will pay $3.66 up from $3.45 while cash users should brace for an increase from $15.35 to $16.30, almost a full dollar.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission made the decision Tuesday in an effort to meet funding obligations and pay for road maintenance.
“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,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “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.”
Annual fare increases have been routine since 2009 and have raised more than 6 billion dollars for the Turnpike and PennDOT.
The PTC offers an online toll calculator, which will be updated later this summer to reflect the new rate.