PA Turnpike Toll Hike Takes Effect January 8 as PennDOT Payments Hit Customers reports, “Traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is one more way traveling in Pennsylvania is going to get more expensive in 2017, along with higher gas taxes and increasing motorist fees. A 6 percent toll increase, approved in July, takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 8 on both cash and E-ZPass tolls.” The report adds, “The higher rates are needed to help the turnpike meet its funding obligations, said turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo.” The obligations include an annual $450 million to PennDOT to support mass transit.