The cost to use the Pennsylvania Turnpike went up 6% as of 12:01 a.m. on January 6th. The 6% increase applies to cash, E-ZPass, and TOLL BY PLATE users. The increase, approved by The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission last July, is justified as being needed to meet the commission’s legislatively mandated funding obligation to improve its toll-road system and support mass-transit improvements across Pennsylvania.
As a result, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase a dime for E-ZPass customers from $1.30 to $1.40 and 20 cents for cash customers from $2.10 to $2.30.
“Parts of our roadway are 78 years old, and we owe it to customers, who pay a premium to travel, to invest in our road and make it safer, smoother and wider,” said Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton. “This year about 84 percent of our $552 million capital budget is focused on renewing, rebuilding and widening our highway which carried more than 200 million vehicles last year.”
This six-percent toll increase will apply to all PA Turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.