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Tolls rising on the Pa. Turnpike

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 2, 2014 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Tolls are going up along the Pennslvyania Turnpike starting January 5th.

The shift is also meant to push drivers towards EZPass.

For the sixth time in the past six years, tolls will rise along the state's main toll road.

But the change is not the same for those paying with cash compared to drivers using an EZPass.

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"What we're aiming toward is for everybody to use EZPass. It's going to be a few years yet before we see that happening. The EZPass differential will be about 35%, so those customers will be saving at least 35%," says the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's Renee Colborn.

"From, let's say, Harrisburg East to Harrisburg West, the toll will increase from a $1.02 to 1.04 for EZPass customers, and from a $1.40 to a $1.60 for cash-paying customers."

She says EZPass tolls are much less expensive for the turnpike to process, and the lanes can accomodate many more cars every hour, compared to one staffed by a toll collector.

Tolls are rising again because a 2007 law requires the Turnpike Commission to pay the state $450 million a year.

The transportation funding bill cuts that requirement to $50 million a year starting in 2022.

EZPass is available both online and at some retail locations in the midstate, and requires a $3 yearly fee.

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