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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