Truckers Hit With Another Tolling Cost Increase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) this week announced yet another tolling cost increase beginning next year.
According to a release by PTC, the increase will begin 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022.
It will be effective across the entire system, with the exception of the Southern Beltway (PA Turnpike 576) west of Pittsburgh, PTC stated.
The increase will affect both E-ZPass and TOLL BY PLATE customers.
According to the PTC, the “moss common toll” for a Class-5 tractor-trailer will increase from $13 to $13.70 for E-ZPass and from $26.60 to $28 for TOLL BY PLATE customers.
In addition, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle next year will increase from $1.60 to $1.70 for E-ZPass customers and from $3.90 to $4.10 for TOLL BY PLATE customers.
The Turnpike has seen an annual increase each year since 2009.
PTC stated the increases are “required to meet escalating debt-service costs resulting from the PTC’s payments to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for transit operations.”
For the past 13 years, PTC has paid the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) $450 million under Pennsylvania Acts 44 and 89.
It has increased tolls annually since 2009, providing $7.45 billion in toll-backed funding to PennDOT in 14 years.
PTC stated it will make its “final annual payment” of $450 million this month.
However, payments will not end once the final $450M installment is paid.
“Starting in July 2022, our transit funding requirement to PennDOT under Act 44 of 2007 will be cut to $50 million annually. Finally, we are seeing a light at the end of this very long tunnel,” Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said. “In addition to breathing a huge sigh of relief ourselves, it enables us to begin to offer some relief to customers from those heftier toll increases and refocus on essential improvements to our roadway.”
Beginning in July 2022, the $400 million in annual transit funding that had been provided by the PTC will be funded by the Commonwealth’s Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax (MVSUT) as prescribed by Act 89 of 2013, according to PTC.
PTC will be responsible for annual payments to PennDOT in the amount of $50 million until June 2057.
After the 2022 increase is applied, E-ZPass and TOLL BY PLATES rates for both passenger and commercial vehicles will round up to the next dime.
The Turnpike remains 100% cash-free.