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Pennsylvania Turnpike to Increase Tolls by 5% Next Year

Pennsylvania toll highway drivers will see their fares increase by 5% in 2022, whether they use E-ZPass or are billed through a plate toll system.

The fare increase will take effect Jan. 2 – except on the Southern Beltway, west of Pittsburgh.

Toll highway officials note that this is the 14th year in a row that the increase in tolls has been largely due to debt service costs related to payments required by the Toll Highway Commission for toll highway operations. state transit.

This is the first time in six years that the toll increase has been kept below 6%, said Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. From July of next year, he said, the annual highway public transport funding requirement will drop from $ 450 million to $ 50 million, with the difference to be covered by the highway. state motor vehicle sales and use tax.

“Finally, we see a light at the end of this very long tunnel,” he said. “In addition to giving ourselves a huge sigh of relief, it allows us to start relieving customers of these larger toll increases and to focus on essential improvements to our pavement. ”

Nonetheless, in light of the ongoing annual payments of $ 50 million, extending through June 2057, and the need to repay debt already incurred in earlier payments, Compton said motorists can expect to annual toll increases until 2050, from 5% per year to 3%.

In 2022, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle will drop from $ 1.60 to $ 1.70 for E-ZPass users and from $ 3.90 to $ 4.10 under the plus fare. high toll per plate. The most common toll for a Class 5 semi-trailer – having a gross or combined weight of between 30,001 and 45,000 pounds – will drop from $ 13 to $ 13.70 for E-ZPass and from $ 26.60 to 28 $ for the toll by plate.

After the application of the 2022 increase, the E-ZPass and plate toll fares for passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles will be rounded up to the next penny.

Motorists who do not use an E-ZPass can download a PA Toll Pay smartphone app – at – to create an autopay account and benefit from 15% savings on monthly toll invoices per plate.

Turnpike officials said a 2022 trip calculator and toll schedule will be published online in the fall.

Also in October, the toll motorway will set new tolls for the Southern Beltway. E-ZPass tolls will vary from $ 1.30, for the shortest route, to $ 13, for the longest. Per plate toll rates will range from $ 2.60 to $ 26.

Jeff Himler is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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