Pa., New York tolls rise

The start of a new year usually includes toll increases, which for 2011 includes the Pennsylvania Turnpike and New York City bridges and tunnels.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases began Jan. 2. E-Z Pass customers are paying 3 percent more in 2011, while cash customers face a 10-percent increase. The fare schedule will not be printed on tickets until the authority receives the new tickets this spring.

E-Z Pass tags are available at or by calling 1-877-PENN-PASS. They are also sold at some grocery chains.

New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority hiked tolls on its seven bridges and two tunnels Dec. 30. A five-axle truck now pays $47.26 if using E-Z Pass and $70 if paying cash for crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, compared to $45 and $60, respectively, before the hike.

To get the city’s E-Z Pass call 1-800 333-TOLL or visit

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