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PA Turnpike tolls increase to begin the new year

Tolls in Pennsylvania see a 5% increase in 2022, the change affects both E-ZPass and Toll By Plate drivers.

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Drivers are being advised to prepare for toll increases as they travel through Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) released the toll amount increases that went into effect on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. These annual adjustments help to meet other debt-service costs and fund transportation projects through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

All PA Turnpike tolls (with the exception of Southern Beltway in Pittsburgh) will rise by 5% for both E-ZPass users and Toll By Plate drivers. For the past six years, tolls remained above 6% increases.

Passenger vehicles E-ZPass rates rose from $1.60 to $1.70, and Toll By Plate from $3.90 to $4.10.

Class-5 tractor trailers in PA will pay an increase from $13 to $13.70 for E-ZPass. The Toll By Plate price went from $26.60 to $28.

At the Delaware River Bridge, passenger vehicles can expect to pay more in E-ZPass previously at $6.10 to now $6.50, and Toll By Plate up from $8.20 to $8.70.

Carl DeFebo, director of public relations and marketing at Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, told PAHomepage why drivers are seeing rate changes each year.

“The legislature asked the turnpike commission in 2007 to have a more prominent role in providing supplemental funding that benefits citizens across the commonwealth. That was the first time that the toll dollars weren’t only invested in maintaining and improving the turnpike system,” said DeFebo.

As prices rose across the board in 2021, it stands to reason that the PTC would make the change to stay on pace of reducing a $8 billion debt.

State tolls are expected to rise by 5% through 2025, 4% in 2026, 3.5% in 2027, then 3% annually from 2028 to 2050.

On New Year’s Day, New Jersey began a series of toll increases for the NJ Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, and on the Atlantic City Expressway. All three will reflect a 3% rate change.

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