PA Turnpike Commission Approves Systemwide Toll Hike for 2021
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) has once again approved a rate hike for the 13th year in a row.
On Tuesday, the PTC approved a six-percent toll increase for all E-ZPass rates systemwide and for PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE rates that had been established before last month’s permanent conversion to All-Electronic Tolling (AET).
The increase is slated to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 3, 2021.
In addition to its recent systemwide change in toll operations, the Commission also approved new TOLL BY PLATE rates at each of the toll facilities converted to AET in June, which are:
• Beaver Valley Expressway (I-376);
• Delaware River Bridge (NJ border);
• Gateway Toll Plaza (Ohio border);
• Greensburg Bypass (PA Turnpike 66);
• Keyser Ave. and Clarkes Summit Tolls (Northeastern Extension); and
• Southern Beltway (PA Turnpike 576).
The new rates, which also take effect Jan. 3, 2021, include an average 45% increase over the 2020 cash rate for TOLL BY PLATE motorists to reflect the costs of collections for this tolling method.
The most common toll for a Class-5 tractor trailer will increase from $12.20 to $13 for E-ZPass and from $17.30 to $26.60 for PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE customers, according to the PTC.
Further, the PTC says it is exploring options to offer TOLL BY PLATE discounts to motorists through pre-registration options.
More details on these programs are expected to be announced later this year.