Pennsylvania Turnpike rates jump 43 per cent

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 3, 2004) — Canadian heavy-duty truckers approaching the first toll booth on the Pennsylvania Turnpike this summer will learn the operator of the roadway has increased rates for trucks by nearly 43 per cent.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission voted for the increase — the first in 13 years — on Jan. 20. Beginning Aug. 1, 80,000-pound commercial vehicles running the entire 359-mile length of the Turnpike will pay $150.75, compared to $105.55.

The Commission says the additional funds will be used for repairing the highway. With current revenues, it will take 104 years to reconstruct the Turnpike, the company says. But with the increase, the reconstruction will be completed in just 30 years.

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