Penn Turnpike truck traffic drops as tolls increase (Pittsburgh Tribune)

January 2, 2013 – Truck traffic on the western end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has declined sharply since officials began increasing tolls annually four years ago. Some worry that the latest increases beginning on Sunday will drive more trucks onto local roads as truckers seek to avoid higher tolls. Tolls will have jumped 35 percent for E-ZPass customers and 71 percent for cash customers since 2009. “We have always gotten a good share of local truck traffic on Route 30, but it‘s become a lot worse. I don‘t think that many trucks are making that many local deliveries,” said Joe Bellucci of Hempfield, who lives near the highway running parallel to the turnpike.

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