Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County—It could soon cost you more money to drive on the turnpike.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says the fare on most of the state's toll roads will increase by 10 percent for cash paying drivers starting January 1st.
Rates will stay the same for drivers who use E-Z Pass.The commission hopes this will encourage more drivers to sign up for E-Z Pass.
Those who use E-Z Pass say they like the convenience it provides.
"We use E-Z Pass because it's so much quicker. You never have to wait in line. It's just easier. I don't have to reach into my pocket and get my wallet out," said Elliot Shelkrot.
"E-Z Pass is the way to go. It's so much easier getting on and off the turnpike and I don't understand why anybody doesn't get it," said Jerry Kenney.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says a 10 percent hike for cash paying customers is necessary to cover the amount they have to pay PennDOT to help with a transportation funding shortfall.
It's an increase that has those paying with cash, upset.
"That's ridiculous that they're raising the tolls. I think it's already kind of expensive. Just for us to go from 83 to Lebanon, it took almost two dollars," said Erin Smith.
If you are interested in getting an E-Z pass, you can visit: www.paturnpike.com or call 1-877-Penn-Pass. You can also open an account at many of the state's AAA offices and at certain regional grocery stores. For a complete list of locations, visit 111.paturnpike.com/ezpass/sales