HARRISBURG – The cost to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2023 will jump 5% in January, and the commission that oversees the 550-mile toll-road system plans staggered, declining increases annually through 2050.

Commission members approved the upcoming rate increase Tuesday. It takes effect Jan. 8 and applies to all E-ZPass and Toll By Plate customers.

The most common toll for passenger vehicles using E-ZPass will rise to $1.80, from $1.70, according to the commission.

Toll By Plate customers who are billed by mail will likewise see their most common toll rise to $4.40 from $4.10.

Drivers of Class 5 tractor-trailers will most commonly pay $14.40, up from $13.70, when using electronic toll collection; $29.40, up from $28, for Class 5 Toll By Plate.

Rates will round up to the next dime when the increase is applied.

Future toll increases planned by the commission are as follows, based on current projections and revenues: 5% through 2025, 4% in 2026, 3.5% in 2027 and 3% annually from 2028 to 2050.

Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, said the rate hikes are necessary to meet financial obligations dictated by state law. According to the commission, it must pay up to $450 million annually in support of transportation projects statewide.

The obligation dropped to $50 million annually as of July 1 because of new legal mandates. However, debt service under the old law and contributions will continue to rise through 2038 before decreasing, current projections by the commission show.

Eric Scicchitano is the CNHI Pennsylvania statehouse reporter. Follow him on Twitter @ericshick11.

Eric Scicchitano is the CNHI Pennsylvania statehouse reporter. Follow him on Twitter @ericshick11.

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