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Pa. Turnpike rate hike not sitting well with drivers

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved rate increases that will raise tolls next year by two percent for E-ZPass customers and by 12 percent increase for cash customers.

"It's more like a corruption deal. We all have problems and the roads are always bad, but the 12 percent, it's just a little ridiculous," said Fred Lincoln of York.

Lincoln is not alone. College student Victoria Ryder of York is also feeling the pinch.

"Gas is already going up, so the fact that these prices are going up - it's going to make it worse," she said.

Ryder will be heading east on the Turnpike when she heads back to Temple University in the fall. She says increasing the rates will mean less visits back home.

"It's going to be more expensive, and I am in school so I won't be able to afford it," Ryder said.

Traveling west on the Turnpike every week is Dale Dalton of York.

"I have tried, you cannot get around the Turnpike," Dalton said.

According to a Turnpike spokesman, revenues from the increase will help to fund a capital improvement plan that is focused mostly on rebuilding the 73-year-old toll road and widening it from four to six lanes.

Dalton said if that's where the money is really going, then he doesn't mind ponying up a little extra.

"If they use the money to improve the Turnpike and other roads, it's not going to effect me that much," he said. "It's a few dollars a month difference, so it's really no big deal for me."

The increase will take effect January 5.


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