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Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to raise cash rates

Posted at 4:39 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 17:39:57-04

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority soon will be implementing the third and final toll increase for the "Driving Forward initiative." However, the planned increase only affects cash customers. Pikepass account holders rates will remain the same.

The 2.5 percent increase will take effect on July 15. These toll increases were announced by former Gov. Mary Fallin in October 2015. The first toll increase occurred March 1, 2017 for 12 percent, followed by a 2.5 percent increase on January 3, 2018.

The toll increase is helping fund major expansion projects throughout the State. Those include a 22-mile expansion of the Turner Turnpike between Bristow and Tulsa. A new 21-mile corridor from the Turner Turnpike near Luther to Interstate 40 and a 7.5-mile extension of the John Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City.

“For nearly 78 percent of our customers, this toll increase will have no effect on them,” OTA Executive Director Tim Gatz said. “This toll increase really makes it attractive for those paying cash to think about opening a Pikepass account and receive discounted travel.”

Pikepass customers make up 78 percent of all travelers on the turnpike system. In addition to cheaper rates, Pikepass customers also receive additional discounts for multiple trips and Pikepass customers can use their tag for tolls in Kansas and Texas.

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