Tolls Set to Rise

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 3, 2010 at 3:59 PM EDT

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Associated Press. It's getting more expensive to drive on the New York State Thruway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Tolls on the 641-mile highway system go up 5 percent Sunday as
the last in a series of price increases is phased in.

Since 2004, cash tolls for passenger cars on the Thruway have
gone up five times. The biggest hike came in 2005, when tolls went
up 25 percent.

The repeated hikes have frustrated some business owners.

Michael Chellis of Terpening Trucking in Syracuse says the
company's 39 vehicles already rack up about $5,000 a month in
Thruway tolls.

Thruway officials say the hikes are needed to pay for $2.7
billion in road improvements.

Plus the cost of traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike is going up this weekend.

A 3 percent toll increase announced a year ago goes into effect
at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. It marks the seventh increase in nearly 70
years.

Turnpike officials say the extra revenue will go toward
improvements to off-turnpike roads and bridges.

The most common cash rate for passenger vehicles will increase
from 95 cents to $1.

Meanwhile, the most-common cash rate for class-five commercial
vehicles will increase from $7.85 to $8.10.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike operates and maintains 545 miles of
toll roads.

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