Kansas Turnpike to increase tolls about 6% after 3 years
Three years after the present toll rates were set the Kansas Turnpike is raising transponder tolls (brand K-TAG) for cars by about 5% and cash tolls by about 10% average, the new rates to go into effect 1st February 2013. Heavy truck tolls will rise about 5%, both cash and transponder.
Weighted, that represents about a 6% overall average increase.
In a statement the Turnpike says: "The increase will assist the Turnpike in supporting future capital needs, especially ongoing deck replacements on some of KTA’s 348 bridges. The Turnpike’s financial plan is based on modest, somewhat frequent increases — approximately every three years — rather than deferring until larger increases are necessary. This toll increase remains consistent with the KTA’s mission of providing high-quality, highway transportation services for the lowest reasonable cost."
Transponder tolls with a K-TAG are generally about 30% off cash tolls.