Turnpike Rates Rising 5%; Lowest Increase in 6 Years

HARRISBURG PA – If you’re among the 500,000 drivers who travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike on any given day, its first news of the new year probably won’t be a surprise. Toll rates, approved by the Turnpike Commission back in July (2021), will rise by 5 percent in 2022 across the entire system except the turnpike’s Southern Beltway west of Pittsburgh. They take effect Jan. 2 (Sunday) at 12:01 a.m.

The hike represents the first time in six years that the increase is less than 6 percent, the commission said. Its higher rates apply to both E-ZPass device users, who pay tolls with digital accounts, as well as those who receive a monthly Toll By Plate invoice from the state. E-ZPass is cheapest, the commission advises, “with some customers saving nearly 60 percent.”

The most-common toll for a passenger vehicle next year will increase from $1.60 to $1.70 for E-ZPass customers, and from $3.90 to $4.10 for Toll By Plate customers, the commission said. The averages for other types of vehicles are substantially higher.

The increase generally is needed to pay down commission debt-service costs. Even though legislative changes have relieved some of that burden, the commission said it continues to expect “annual toll increases of 5 percent through 2025, 4 percent in 2026, 3.5 percent in 2027, then 3 percent annually from 2028 to 2050.”

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