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2021 Toll Adjustment Info

Overview

Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) is preparing for a toll adjustment in 2021 to offset significant losses to revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a general overview of why the adjustment is needed and elements of the increase that will go into effect on November 1, 2021.  More detailed information can be found here


Why adjust tolls now?

  • MTA receives all its revenue through tolls paid by users of the Maine Turnpike – it does not receive any federal funds or state gas tax revenues.     
 
  • Due to the decrease in traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, MTA collected $60 million less in revenue than had been projected. 
 
  • At this same time during the 2020 pandemic year, MTA invested $106 million in capital projects to help sustain the Maine economy and allow contractors to work safely in reduced traffic to complete projects of major significance to the Turnpike and the public. 
 
  • MTA's planned future work includes projects that are necessary to manage mobility throughout the region and add the capacity needed to safely accommodate increased traffic. 
 
  • MTA has approximately $939 Million in major capacity improvements planned over the next 15 years. 
 

Proposed Toll Adjustment

  • MTA is reluctant to raise tolls while the economy is still recovering. MTA is one of the few U.S. toll agencies that has not raised tolls since November 1, 2012, the date when tolls were last increased and discounts adopted on the Maine Turnpike. 
 
  • Nationally, over 50% of all toll facilities have increased tolls during the pandemic to offset significant lost revenues. 
 
  • After weighing the options, the MTA Board has determined that to defer important capacity projects would cause greater harm than to adjust tolls upward. 
 
  • The MTA Board resolved to take the steps necessary to implement changes in toll structure to take effect as of November 1, 2021, in order to generate approximately $18 million in additional annual revenue.  This will increase toll revenue by nearly 13%. 
 

Toll adjustments to take on effect November 1, 2021

  • Increasing York from $3.00 to $4.00 for a passenger car (Class 1) cash rate and corresponding rates for remaining toll classes.
 
  • Increasing the current Maine E-ZPass rate per mile from 7.7 cents to 8.0 cents.
 
  • Adjusting the Class 1 Personal Volume Discount thresholds from a 25% discount to a 20% discount for Maine E-ZPass users making 30 or more trips per month and from a 50% discount to a 40% discount for Maine E-ZPass users making 40 or more trips per month.
 
  • Image tolls (I-tolls) will no longer count towards the Class 1 Personal Volume discount.  I-tolls are created when an E-ZPass transponder is not present or read in a valid Maine E-ZPass account.