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Officials propose raising Ohio Turnpike tolls

Published: Tue, November 18, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m.

COLUMBUS — Officials want to raise tolls next fall on the Ohio Turnpike, but motorists can avoid the increases if they adopt the new E-ZPass electronic payment system.

Turnpike commission officials on Monday introduced a plan that would increase the cost of taking a car across the entire length of the turnpike to $15, from the current $10.25. Officials say higher tolls are needed to make up for a decline in revenue due to high fuel prices and the sour economy, which have less vehicles using the highway.

However, car and motorcycle drivers using E-ZPass won’t pay the higher tolls until 2012. When the new system is introduced around the same time as the toll increase, drivers will put a special tag on their windshield to have tolls automatically deducted from an account.


1fleeytown(12 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

At least the Ohio Turnpike Commission is finally getting in line with the rest of the states throughout the nation and going with e-z pass. Although the rate increase is just another way to screw me out of my money. why not do what PA did. get rid of the majority of the toll workers and only have 4 or 5 toll booths. charge the same way that PA does, Problem solved.

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2JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

I remember when a dime bag cost a dime. You know how much rubbers cost? I don't know cause we didn't use them.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

This is almost a 50% increase. It would be nice if our wages went up 50%. The turnpike was to become a free road a while back but the politicians kept the cash cow. I would like to see an independent audit done on the Ohio Turnpike. Full disclosure is good!

"In 1983 the Turnpike Commission reversed its official policy that it should go out of existence and tolls be abolished. It suggested that tolls remain for another decade to fund improvement. The next year the original debt was refinanced with debt to be paid off in the early 1990s. The debt was indeed paid off in 1992. Argument had continued over whether tolls should be ended and the road made into a freeway. A joint select Committee to Study the Turnpike was appointed and recommended continuance of tolls."

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4apollo(1227 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

Spending millions for an EZ pass system that a recent OTC study said only 15% of users would benefit from? I wonder which company is getting the contract and who is getting the kickbacks?

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