Turn­pike toll rates rise 6 per­cent for 2018

Funds will go to­ward off- Turn­pike high­way and bridge con­struc­tion

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - From PA Turn­pike Com­mis­sion

The PA Turn­pike Com­mis­sion re­minded mo­torists that be­gin­ning 12: 01 a. m. on Jan. 7 tolls re­flect a six- per­cent in­crease for both cash and E- ZPass cus­tomers.

The toll in­crease, ap­proved by com­mis­sion­ers last July, is needed to meet the PTC’s fund­ing and cap­i­tal- im­prove­ment obli­ga­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally, the PTC is leg­isla­tively man­dated to of­fer $ 450 mil­lion in sup­ple­men­tal fund­ing to Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion each year un­der Act 44 of 2007. Since Act 44 was passed, the PTC has pro­vided pay­ments to Pen­nDOT to­tal­ing $ 5.875 bil­lion. Of that amount, $ 3.625 bil­lion has pro­vided fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the com­mon­wealth’s masstran­sit agen­cies and $ 2.25 bil­lion has helped to fund off- Turn­pike high­way and bridge con­struc­tion.

“We rec­og­nize that mo­torists pay a pre­mium to travel on our road­way,” said PTC CEO Mark Comp­ton. “With that pre­mium comes our com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing and en­hanc­ing our 77- year- old sys­tem to pro­vide a smoother, safer road­way for our cus­tomers dur­ing ev­ery sea­son of the year and ev­ery hour of the day.”

This fis­cal year about 85 per­cent of the PTC’s $ 500 mil­lion cap­i­tal bud­get is ded­i­cated largely to re­new­ing, re­build­ing and ex­pand­ing the road­way which car­ried a record 200 mil­lion ve­hi­cles in the last year. The PTC has thus far re­con­structed more than 124 miles of its sys­tem, with an­other 20 miles of road­way now be­ing re­built and widened and more than 90 miles cur­rently in plan­ning and de­sign phases. Through 2022, the PTC will rein­vest more than $ 2.4 bil­lion for wi­den­ing, im­prove­ment and con­struc­tion of its roads to re­lieve con­ges­tion and pro­vide greater mo­bil­ity. The PTC does not re­ceive any tax ap­pro­pri­a­tions to op­er­ate and main­tain its road­way.

The most com­mon toll for a pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle will in­crease from $ 1.23 to $ 1.30 for E- ZPass cus­tomers and from $ 1.95 to $ 2.10 for cash cus­tomers. The most com­mon toll for a Class- 5 ve­hi­cle — a preva­lent trac­tor- trailer class — will in­crease from $ 10.17 to 10.78 for E- ZPass and from $ 14.45 to $ 15.35 for cash.

The toll in­crease will ap­ply to all por­tions of the PA Turn­pike sys­tem with these ex­cep­tions: There will be no 2018 in­crease for E- ZPass or Toll By Plate cus­tomers at the Delaware River Bridge west­bound cash­less tolling point (# 359) in Bucks County; Toll rates at the Keyser Av­enue (# 122) and Clarks Sum­mit (# 131) toll plazas on the North­east­ern Ex­ten­sion ( I- 476) in Lack­awanna County will not in­crease un­til April 2018 as a part of the planned con­ver­sion to cash­less tolling ( rates will be set closer to the con­ver­sion date us­ing a new ve­hi­cle- clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem); Toll rates at the Find­lay Con­nec­tor ( PA Turn­pike 576, Al­legheny and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties) will not in­crease un­til April 2018 as a part of the planned con­ver­sion to cash­less tolling ( rates will be set closer to the con­ver­sion date us­ing a new ve­hi­cle- clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem).

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