Pa. Turnpike Commission approves 6 percent toll increase for 2019

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Tuesday approved a 6 percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers.

The increase is set to start at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.

The most common toll for vehicles will increase next year from $1.30 to $1.38 for E-ZPass customers and from $2.10 to $2.25 for cash customers.

The most common toll for a Class 5 tractor-trailer will increase from $3.45 to $3.66 for E-ZPass and from $15.35 to $16.30 for cash. (Truckers in this class who use E-ZPass tend to take shorter trips than those who pay with cash or via the Turnpike’s Toll by Plate.)

The 2019 toll increase — like previous annual hikes — is required to meet the Turnpike’s funding obligations and helps maintain and improve the 552-mile Turnpike system.

“Since 2009, the PTC has increased tolls annually to make good on a funding obligation required by a 2007 state law known as Act 44,” said Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “Under that law, the commission has delivered $6.1 billion in toll-backed funding to PennDOT in the last 11 years.”

Compton continued: “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. 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.”

The Turnpike Commission does not receive tax appropriations to operate and maintain the highway.

By Bill O’Boyle

[email protected]

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.