Turnpike To Increase Tolls In January

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Turnpike tolls are set to increase again starting next year.

Officials announced that starting Jan. 5, 2014 cash tolls will go up by 12 percent and E-Z Pass tolls will increase by 2 percent.

The increase is so that the Turnpike can meet funding obligations, officials said.

The extra revenue will help pay for the Turnpike’s expansion from four lanes to six.

“Our E-ZPass customers have seen lower increases than cash customers since 2011, and this will be the fourth year we’ve been able to minimize the impact to E-ZPass users,” said Turnpike CEO Mark Compton in a press release. “Since more than 70 percent of our customers pay with E-ZPass today, most customers are taking advantage of these lower rates.”

Turnpike officials note that with the increase, a short, commuter trip will increase from $1.02 to $1.04 for E-Z Pass users and from $1.40 to $1.60 from cash users.

Likewise, a mid-length trip will increase from $2.71 to $2.77 for E-Z Pass users and from $3.55 to $4 for those using cash. A long trip would increase from $7.10 to $7.25 for an E-Z Pass user and from $9.10 to $10.20 for cash users.

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