According to officials of The Pennsylvania Turnpike, Pennsylvania turnpike tolls are set to increase on January 2, 2011, by approximately 3% for E-ZPass users and 10% for non-E-ZPass users. This will be the first time the Pennsylvania turnpike toll rate has differentiated between E-ZPass and non-E-ZPass users. This rate increase will be the seventh rate increase in 68 years due to the need to address Pennsylvania’s transportation funding crisis.
Based upon the 3% and 10% approximations, a 60,000 to 80,000 pound truck (6 axles) traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Butler Valley, to Delaware Valley, will pay about $135 with E-ZPass and about $144 without it. The toll today for a similar truck on the same trip will be about $131, with or without E-ZPass. In addition to the 7% discount provided with the E-ZPass, all commercial E-ZPass account carriers will also receive a 5% discount for charging more than $1,000/month but less than $5,000/month; 10% discount for charging more than $5,000/month but less than $10,000/month; and 15% discount for those charging more than $10,000/month. With increasing toll costs, commercial trucking companies would benefit from using an E-ZPass.
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