Officials encourage motorists to take advantage of E-ZPass incentives that, for the first time, will represent a sizeable difference compared to cash rates. E-ZPass customers, who constitute about two-thirds of Pennsylvania Turnpike users, will pay 3 percent more in 2011 compared to a 10-percent increase for cash-paying motorists. Combined, the new rates will result in an overall toll increase of 5 percent.
For a short time, no fare schedule will be printed on toll tickets dispensed upon entry. The new tickets with printed schedules are now in production. Until the new tickets are delivered in February or March, you can call the toll-rate hotline at 866-976-TRIP (866-976-8747), or go to www.paturnpike.com/toll/2010_tolls.aspx for a printable toll schedule or a calculator that will determine trip mileage and exact toll based upon point of entry and exit, vehicle class and number of axles.
Annual Turnpike toll increases are the result of Act 44 of 2007 and a funding agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to finance non-Turnpike road and bridge improvements and transit services across the Commonwealth. Since Act 44 became law in July 2007, the PTC has provided $2.725 billion in supplemental funding to PennDOT and is obligated to continue to pay PennDOT $450 million annually until the 50-year agreement ends in 2057.
In addition to the supplemental funding to PennDOT, new revenues from the 2011 toll increase (only the eighth increase in 70 years) will also help fund the Turnpike's Capital Improvement Plan, which includes the vital reconstruction and six-lane widening projects now under way and planned throughout the 545-mile Turnpike system.