Tolls Climbing, Traffic Declining As Pa. Turnpike Officials Chase Revenue

Pennsylvania Turnpike Ticket from the Warrenda...

Pennsylvania Turnpike Ticket from the Warrendale (30) Toll Stop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  They’re pricing themselves out of business!

HARRISBURG — If you tax something, you get less of it.

It’s one of the basic lessons of economics, and the same principle can be applied to tolls, as the Pennsylvania Turnpike is finding out.

Motorists using the turnpike will face their fifth toll increase in as many years when rates climbed by 10 percent for cash-paying customers (2 percent for those using EZ-Pass) on Sunday.

A recent investigation by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review examined how those increases have affected truck traffic on the highway — suggesting that the higher tolls have caused trucks to divert onto local roads in western Pennsylvania instead of using the turnpike:

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130107/NEWS01/130109756/tolls-climbing-traffic-declining-as-pa-turnpike-officials-chase-revenue#full_story

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One comment on “Tolls Climbing, Traffic Declining As Pa. Turnpike Officials Chase Revenue

  1. Another reason to privatize the PA Turnpike.The downfall of this is Act 44.
    Act 44 forces the Turnpike to help ‘fund” public transportation in Pittsburgh and Phillidelphia.I wonder how well that is working for these 2 cities.I use the turnpike a lot on the weekends on my 2nd job.I seen the biggest increase in the tolls this past weekend.If the highway was privately owned,then there would be no Act 44.Publis transportation should be privately owned as well.Any time the government gets it’s little weenie in anything,it ALWAYS costs us LOTS of our hard earned money.
    Time to get the government out of our lives!

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