Pennsylvania Turnpike to Hike Toll Rate in 2024 by 5%

Signs on the entrance ramp in Gibsonia, Pa., indicate to motorists the methods being used to collect tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By Ashley Adams

July 20, 2023

The PA Turnpike Commission approved a 5% increase in toll rates to take effect January 2024. The annual rate increase is expected to continue until 2053.

For the 15th straight year, toll prices on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a 5% toll increase for all E-ZPass and Toll by Plate customers beginning Jan. 7, 2024. According to the commission, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.80 to $1.90 for E-ZPass customers and from $4.40 to $4.70 for toll by plate.

The annual increase is currently set to last until at least 2053 due to bond borrowing requirements.

“As in previous years, the PTC is obligated to raise rates annually as part of its legislative mandate to provide PennDOT supplemental funding for transit systems around the state as outlined by Act 44 of 2007,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “While these payments were once $450 million a year, they have been reduced to $50 million annually. However, our organization had to borrow to make those payments, which total nearly $8 billion.”

Compton added that, despite ongoing toll increases, the PA Turnpike’s per-mile passenger rate continues to be below the national average when compared with other US tolling agencies. The PA Turnpike’s E-ZPass passenger rate of 15 cents per mile is nearly 20% below the national average of 18 cents. 

“We recognize that our customers pay a premium when they choose to travel on the PA Turnpike,” Compton said. “In return, we endeavor to provide a dependable, premium experience that gets our customers safely to their destinations in a timely fashion.”

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  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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