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Turnpike tolls up 35 percent

By: WJAC Web Staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With new rates, EZ Pass users will save at least 35 percent compared to cash.

Sunday, Jan. 5, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will increase toll rates by 12 percent for cash customers and 2 percent for EZ Pass customers.

A transportation funding law known as Act 89 lowered the amount of funding that the PTC provides PennDot. With the new law, the PTCs annual payments will remain at $450 million for the next eight years.

"We're grateful to the General Assembly and Gov. Corbett for the long-term financial relief the PTC saw under Act 89," said Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. "However, it does not erase our debt or end our current Act-44 funding obligation. As a result, the PTC will need to continue to increase tolls annually for the foreseeable future."

The toll increase is essential to fund the Turnpikes own plan, which focuses on reconstruction and widening projects in which the highway is totally redone.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times