Tolls on Pennsylvania Turnpike to increase by 6% on Jan. 5

December 2019/January 2020

Tyson Fisher


Like clockwork, tolls in the Keystone State will go up another 6% at the beginning of the year.

In July, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved the 6% increase in tolls, which is slated to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 5. The increase affects both E-ZPass and cash customers. This is the 12th consecutive year of toll hikes on the turnpike.

Only three western highways are exempt from the 2020 increase: PA Turnpike 376, (Beaver Valley Expressway); PA Turnpike 66 (Greensburg Bypass or Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass); and the Gateway tolling point (milepost 2 near Ohio on I-76). These locations had toll increases on Oct. 27, 2019.

According to a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission news release, the most common toll for vehicles weighing 30,001-45,000 pounds will increase from $3.70 to $4 for E-ZPass and from $16.30 to $17.30 for cash customers.

A 2020 trip calculator and toll schedule is available online at

“Due to this onerous funding requirement, nearly half of the PA Turnpike’s FY 2020 toll revenue will go to pay debt service alone,” Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said in a statement. “Anticipated toll revenue is estimated at $1.4 billion for the fiscal year, and our debt-service payments are roughly $700 million for the year.”

The toll increases are required to meet escalating debt-service costs associated with Act 44/Act 89 contributions to the Commonwealth for transit operations and funding for the commission’s 10-year capital program.

In November, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced plans to transition to cashless all-electronic tolling across the entire turnpike by sometime in 2021.

Operation costs will likely not change much in the near future. In a news release, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said that commissioners “remain committed to no layoffs prior to Jan. 1, 2022.”

“As we move toward all-electronic tolling, we will continue to do all we can to help transition impacted employees – whether that means moving to another position here at the PTC or one elsewhere,” Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton said in a statement. LL

Tyson Fisher

Tyson Fisher joined Land Line Magazine in March 2014. An award-winning journalist and tireless researcher, his news reports, features and blogs bring depth to our editorial content, backed with solid detail. Tyson is a lifelong Kansas Citian.