Pa. Turnpike to take higher toll

    Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up for the seventh straight year.

    The turnpike commission Tuesday approved a 5 percent increase that will take effect in January.Officials say the increase will be applied evenly to cash and electronic E-ZPass tolls — marking the first time in three years that cash tolls are not subject to a steeper increase.

    About three out of four turnpike drivers now use E-ZPass.

    The new rates will nudge the cost of the most common toll for passenger vehicles by a nickel to $1.09 for E-ZPass users and by a dime to $1.70 for cash customers.

    The most common toll for tractor-trailers will increase from $8.62 to $9.05 for EZPass users and from $12.15 to $12.80 for cash customers.

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