Audit recommends lawmakers act to ease Pa. Turnpike’s financial squeeze on motorists

BY: - September 8, 2022

Despite a reduction in its annual payments to the state Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission faces significant financial challenges to repay its debts and fund capital projects, state Auditor General Timothy DeFoor said in an audit report. In the audit released Tuesday, DeFoor said the annual toll increases required to meet the commission’s […]

Bill to address turnpike V-tolls, uncollected tolls passes House committee

BY: - April 1, 2022

The bill, HB 2139, which was introduced last November by state Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette, glided through the 25-member committee on Tuesday.

Turnpike officials say travelers should plan ahead to avoid turnpike sticker shock this year

BY: - March 23, 2022

Since then, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the state agency that oversees the state’s toll roads, has directed travelers to the Pennsylvania Turnpike website for up-to-date toll rates and a toll calculator tool. 

Are Venmo and PayPal the future of Pa. Turnpike tolling? A Pa. lawmaker wants to make the switch

BY: - January 12, 2022

With fewer and fewer people carrying cash, one Democratic state senator says he wants to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission keep up with the times. State Sen. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, began circulating a co-sponsorship memo last week with a proposal to direct the commission to accept app payments such as Venmo and Cash App. The legislation […]


The good news about that Pa. Turnpike toll hike | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - July 31, 2021

Every year, just like clockwork, tolls go up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


So about that Pa. Turnpike pot bust | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - August 8, 2020

Pa. State Police arrested two men, charging them with trying to illegally bring $200K worth of marijuana into southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pa. Turnpike Crash: Multi-vehicle accident, with fatalities, shuts down highway in W. Pa.

BY: - January 5, 2020

This just in from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission: Crews are on scene of a multi-vehicle crash with fatalities on @PA_Turnpike, milepost 86 westbound. Crash involves 2 tractor trailers, a tour bus and passenger vehicles. Turnpike is closed in both directions from New Stanton (#75) to Breezewood (#161). A prolonged closure likely. — Carl DeFebo (@cdefebo) […]


The reason truckers are suing the Pa. Turnpike: Revealed | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - December 21, 2019

Truckers sued over toll increases on the state highway that have been used to pay for transportation improvements across Pa.

Can you pay for infrastructure repairs without raising state taxes? In new plan, House GOP says ‘Yes.’ 

BY: - November 29, 2019

Without calling for any new taxes, Republicans in the state House have released a plan they say will address billions of dollars in unmet repairs to Pennsylvania’s crumbling highways, bridges, dams and railroads. Rep. Martina White, the Philadelphia Republican who’s running point on the effort, said the GOP plan is to end diversions of state […]


The high cost of the Pa. Turnpike is taking a toll on all of us. Lawmakers should approve this plan for relief | Opinion

BY: - August 7, 2019

To the surprise of no one and the disgust of everyone, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently announced that it will raise tolls by 6 percent, effective Jan. 5, 2020. After raising tolls only five times during the first 64 years of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s existence, tolls will now be raised for a 12th straight year. As […]


The Pa. Turnpike toll debacle is our next financial crisis. This is how to fix it | Opinion

BY: - May 17, 2019

The keeper of Pennsylvania's famed 'Pension Clock' has a few suggestions.