Pennsylvania Editorial: Turnpike toll increases an unwelcome yearly tradition

It’s become a New Year’s tradition right up there with pork and sauerkraut, but a lot harder to stomach. We’re talking about Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases.

Today the rates go up for the 12th consecutive year. As of this morning, tolls will rise 6 percent. Motorists driving passenger vehicles with EZ Pass will see rates rise from $1.40 to $1.50 on the most common tolls. Cash customers will see rates rise to $2.50 on those same routes, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

These increases have added up over the years. Since 2014 tolls for E-Z Pass customers have gone up 44 percent; while tolls rise by 56 percent for cash customers.