Turnpike

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is about to be the proud owner of a swimming pool.

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High tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike do not violate the right of truckers and other motorists to travel between states, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, upholding a lower-court dismissal of a lawsuit against state agencies and officials.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Pennsylvania's use of turnpike tolls to pay other costs was authorized by Congress and therefore does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Lawmakers grilled state transportation officials over the turnpike’s ongoing funding issues in a budget hearing Tuesday.

The Turnpike Commission is behind on payments to the state amid a lawsuit over its rising tolls.

Every year, the commission pays $450 million to the state for transit projects. To afford it, it's hiked tolls around 200 percent in the last decade and taken on a lot of debt.

Even when the payments scale down in 2022, tolls will have to keep rising.

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Motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be hit next year with a 6 percent increase in the price of tolls.

The turnpike commission on Tuesday voted for the rate increase that will take effect Jan. 7.

A typical fare for a passenger car will increase from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.90 to $2.10 for those paying in cash.

The new rates won't apply at the Delaware River Bridge westbound cashless tolling point in the Philadelphia suburbs. In a few areas, the new rates won't take effect until April.