Maine Turnpike toll hikes OK’d

Posted Dec. 16, 2008, at 4:29 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Most commuters who use the Maine Turnpike can expect to see their fares go up Feb. 1.

The turnpike’s board Tuesday unanimously approved changes in tolls that will raise an additional $20 million per year for needed road and bridge repairs. The toll changes are designed to minimize increases for those who use the toll highway a lot and pay electronically.

Under the new rate structure, drivers who pay cash tolls will generally see higher percentage increases than those who pay their tolls electronically with a Maine-issued E-ZPass tag. Some E-ZPass rates will actually be reduced and some will be the same as they are now.

The cash toll for the entire 106-mile length of the highway will be $5, a per mile rate of 4.7 cents. The turnpike’s current rate of 3.8 cents is one of the lowest in the country.

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