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.READ MORE: 'Best Small Cities In America': 2 Western Pa. Communities Ranked In The Top 25
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.READ MORE: Kidsburgh: Martial Arts Teaches Skills That Last A Lifetime
“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.MORE NEWS: 2 Pittsburgh Public Schools Will Act As Pilots For COVID-19 Testing Program