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Rate hike coming to the PA Turnpike in the new year, especially if you pay with cash

Updated: Tuesday, December 31 2013, 12:13 PM CST
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are scheduled to increase this weekend.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Tuesday that its annual increase will be 12 percent for cash-paying customers and 2 percent for E-ZPass users. The new rates take effect Sunday.

The rates continue a three-year trend of favoring E-ZPass users over cash-paying customers. E-ZPass travelers saved up to 25 percent in 2013, and the turnpike commission says 2014's changes will widen that to 35 percent.

They say using technology to deduct tolls as vehicles roll through the toll booths is safer, less expensive and more convenient.

The tolls help fund improvements not only to the 550-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike system, but to other state-owned roads and bridges and public transit systems.Rate hike coming to the PA Turnpike in the new year, especially if you pay with cash


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