Audit warns of turnpike’s costs, increase in toll scofflaws

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A new state audit is warning that plans for the Pennsylvania Turnpike to raise tolls repeatedly over the coming decades may not be sustainable.

The auditor general’s office issued a report Tuesday saying there’s been an increase in the number of people who aren’t paying tolls, and warning that the problem will continue unless the agency gets more power to enforce its rules.

The report says the turnpike should do more about previous recommendations that it clamp down on letting its own employees and contractors ride for free along the 550-mile toll system.

It recommends that the state Legislature eliminate or reduce massive payments that the turnpike makes to the Transportation Department under a 2007 state law.

Tolls are currently projected to increase every year through 2044.

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