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Drivers to pay more as Maine Turnpike tolls go up

Turnpike officials say the higher tolls will generate an extra $21 million a year to cover the turnpike's operating budget, maintenance and long-term debt service.

The Associated Press

11/1/2012

PORTLAND, Maine — Tolls are going up on the Maine Turnpike.

Beginning Thursday, tolls for cars will increase to $3 at the toll plaza in York, to $2.25 in New Gloucester and to $1.75 in West Gardiner. Tolls will also go up from $1 to $1.50 at the northbound entrance in Wells and the southbound entrance in Gray.

Rates for E-ZPass users will go up on average by 1 cent per mile, or 15 percent.

Cash tolls for cars traveling the entire 109-mile turnpike from York to Augusta will increase from $5 to $7.

Turnpike officials say the higher tolls will generate an extra $21 million a year to cover the turnpike's operating budget, maintenance and long-term debt service.

The last toll increase was in February 2009.

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