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Pennsylvania Turnpike Cash Tolls Going Up In New Year

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(Cash tolls are going up 10 percent on the Pennsylvania Turnpike starting January 1st. File photo)

(Cash tolls are going up 10 percent on the Pennsylvania Turnpike starting January 1st. File photo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is reminding motorists that cash tolls will go up again on January 1st.

The Turnpike Commission has recently been raising tolls annually by about 3 percent overall. This past summer, the commission decided the entire toll increase would be borne by cash customers. Since they account for only about a third of transactions, that means cash customers will pay 10 percent more.

Bill Capone, commission spokesman, says the idea is to promote even more use of E-ZPass.

“The commission felt it was necessary to provide some additional incentive beyond the current differential in the cost of tolls between cash and E-ZPass that exists today, which is about 7 percent. So in effect, by raising cash tolls 10 percent, it actually moves the differential between cash and E-ZPass fares to approximately 17 percent.”

Tolls are rounded up to the next nickel, meaning the minimum passenger vehicle cash toll on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will go from $1.10 to $1.25. Capone says the current minimum toll for E-ZPass of $1 will not change.

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