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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Tuesday approved a 6 percent toll increase for 2020 for both E-ZPass and cash customers.

The commission said the increase will start on Jan. 5, 2020, on all sections and extensions, excluding three cashless toll facilities in western Pennsylvania. The three cashless toll locations won’t see an increase in 2020 because tolls are already set to increase on Oct. 27.

According to the commission, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle next year will increase from $1.40 to $1.50 for E-ZPass customers and from $2.30 to $2.50 for cash customers.

The commission said the increase in tolls is necessary to meet escalating debt-service costs associated with its annual Act 44/Act 89 contributions to the state for transit operations and funding for its 10-year capital program.

“Due to this onerous funding requirement, nearly half of the PA Turnpike’s FY 2020 toll revenue will go to pay debt service alone,” said Mark Compton, CEO of the commission. “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.”

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