Drivers paying in cash will see a 12-percent rate increase, while E-ZPass users will incur a more palatable 2-percent hike as the commission tries to encourage drivers to use the more efficient electronic option to traverse the toll road.
The commission says the increase means rates will be going up 10 percent for cash-paying customers and 2-percent for those who pay with E-ZPass. The agency says the hike will result in a toll-revenue growth of 3 percent.
NEWARK, N.J. – The new year will bring something that’s become old hat for New Jersey residents: more costs associated with driving.
For the second time in three years, toll rates will rise on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. The latest increases go into effect on New Year’s Day and compute to about 50 percent on both highways.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is raising tolls 10 percent for cash paying customers in 2012. The increase does not apply to E-Zpass customers. Tolls increased in 2011 as well, 10 percent for cash payers and 3 percent for E-Zpass users.
This is the Turnpike Commissions way of gently urging everyone to use E-Zpass…
This is JUST unbelievable. In an effort to “save money” our illustrious PA Turnpike Commission has voted to not print toll prices on tickets. So starting next month, you won’t have any idea how much the tolls are unless you have them memorized!
Say you get on the turnpike at Morgantown and get off at Breezewood… no where on your ticket will the price be printed. And we are supposed to “trust” that what ever amount some tells us is due is correct????? WTH!
PA Auditor General Jack Wagner said he is appalled and feels this is bad judgement. We AGREE 100%!!!!! I think this opens the door for abuse!
These losers at the Turnpike Commission are raising the prices 10% for cash customers and 3% for E-ZPass users. So we are paying more and getting less!
1. Rendell is leaving us with one last “gift” when he leaves office. Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will be increasing another 10% effective 1/2/11. E-Z Pass customers will experience a 3% increase. It is speculated that this is the first in a series of fare increases. Thanks Ed!
2. Rendell now expects state employee layoffs to only be about 200 because everybody, their brother and the horse the rode in on are retiring. The hiring freeze has also helped. We should have a more concrete number next week. Oh joy, oh rapture. More drain on the pension fund. That will fix everything.
3. I heard on the radio yesterday that the Pennsylvania State Police have trooper openings that need filled. So guess what? They don’t have the money to train them since Fast Eddie slashed their budget something like $9 million dollars. So no new troopers. Ummmm public safety is pretty important Ed. I think we can do with a few less SEPTA or PAT transit employees before we start cutting the police budget. Many areas of our state depend on the Pennsylvania State Police as their only means of police protection. Bad move Ed.