Pa. turnpike tolls increasing

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Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up again in 2014.

The turnpike commission said Monday it has approved increases of 12 percent for cash-paying motorists and 2 percent for those who use the electronic E-ZPass system.

The January 2014 toll boost will be the sixth annual increase since the turnpike began transferring $450 million a year to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as required by a 2007 law.

Many legislators hoped to substantially reduce those payments as a part of a comprehensive transportation funding plan, but negotiations collapsed and the transportation bill was left in limbo as lawmakers left for their summer break.

Turnpike officials say E-ZPass users are charged less because the electronic tolls are cheaper and faster than paying a turnpike employee to collect cash payments.

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