YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Beginning January 7, drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will see a six percent toll increase.
Pennsylvania drivers who use the turnpike often say they just want to see the money put to good use.
“Personally, it sucks but if there is a will, there is a way. If you want to travel, you’ll have to pay. I’m sure they have their reasons,” Shannon Mease said.
Customers using cash will soon pay $4.70 for a trip to Pittsburgh from the Ohio line, which is a 25 cent increase.
EZ Pass users will only have an 18 cent increase from $3.07 to $3.26. Truckers will see about a 90 cent price hike on the trip to Pittsburgh.
The price increase is largely for rebuilding and widening the road system.
Turnpike officials say the money will pay for a newly-passed 10-year spending plan. Annual six percent increases are expected until 2044.
“Yes, the price going up is really going to affect you if you’re traveling it all the time, and we have a lot of people in our company who do travel it almost on a daily basis,” said Bob Picciani, of Lancaster, “I don’t mind it if they keep the roads up to par.”
Both Mease and Picciani say the price hike won’t keep them away from the turnpike because they have to use it.