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Pa. Turnpike tolls to increase on Sunday

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 03 2013 04:27:17 AM CST
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

It'll cost you more to drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike starting this weekend, and even more if you decide to pay cash.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Wednesday most cash-paying customers will see a 10 percent increase, while E-ZPass users will pay two percent more.

Motorists on the Southern Beltway in the Pittsburgh area will see a steeper increase in cash tolls.

The increases take effect Sunday.

The commission has been expanding the differential between cash and electronic tolls since 2011.

E-ZPass travelers saved up to 17 percent last year, and the pending changes will widen that to 25 percent in 2013.

As part of a campaign to convert the turnpike to all-electronic tolls, officials have reduced fees in the E-ZPass program.

They say using technology to deduct tolls as vehicles roll through the toll booths is safer, less expensive and more convenient.