Boston, Massachusetts 2021-10-23 16:45:00 –
Portland, Maine (AP) — Drivers traveling to Maine will be paying more tolls starting in November as the state tries to make up for the income lost during the pandemic.
According to the Sun Journal, the state is facing a $ 60 million financial shortage due to reduced traffic during a pandemic. The Maine Turnpike Authority has raised tolls for the first time in nine years.
The authorities’ managing director, Peter Mills, said that during the pandemic, about half of all toll roads across the country raised tolls.
Authorities estimate that about 71% of the higher tolls are paid by people and businesses in other states. This increase is estimated to generate more than $ 17 million annually.
The changes will take effect on November 1st. Among them, tolls for passenger cars passing through the new tollhouse in York, Maine are now $ 4 instead of $ 3. This change alone is expected to generate more than $ 14 million in revenue.
Authorities planned to increase tolls in 2028.
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