Maine Turnpike releases toll increase plan

Posted Nov. 26, 2008, at 9:48 a.m.

The Maine Turnpike Authority has come out with three versions of a toll increase plan that favors motorists who use the road on a fairly regular basis and pay with E-ZPass instead of cash.<

The higher tolls are slated to take effect Feb. 1, a year ahead of schedule. Turnpike officials have cited a need for $20 million in additional revenue to continue highway and bridge repairs at a time of rising costs and lower traffic counts.<

Under the new rate structure, increases would average 30 percent statewide, but E-ZPass users would be spared the brunt of the higher tolls. Turnpike directors plan to meet Dec. 12 to choose among the three slightly different sets of increases.<