See How Cost of Driving the Turnpike Will Change Next Year

Drivers without an E-ZPass will face a 45% surcharge starting in January.
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PHOTO BY EVAN CUSTER

Drivers without a prepaid E-ZPass may be more wary to take the Pennsylvania Turnpike than ever before. Beginning in January 2021, most drivers without an E-ZPass will receive a 45% surcharge.  A 6% toll increase also will go into effect in 2021.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission halted cash and credit card payments in March to eliminate contact between drivers and toll collectors; the move became permanent in May. With the Toll by Plate option, high-speed cameras capture license-plate images as vehicles pass by. The registered owner receives an invoice, which can be paid online, by phone or by mail. 

According to Mark Compton, the turnpike’s CEO, the 45% surcharge will help offset the added costs of the switch to all-electronic tolling.

“This balanced approach allows us to maintain a lower rate for those choosing a payment method that is less costly to manage, while those who choose a pricier payment option absorb those costs,” Compton says in a statement.

A ride across the state will jump from $44.20 to $47 with E-ZPass and from $61.80 to $95.30 with Toll By Plate.

Drivers will not receive a surcharge at the six locations throughout the state where a separate fee is already required, such as the Gateway Toll Plaza near the Ohio border.

About 500 people will be laid off because of the switch.

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