WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Turnpike Authority plans to increase toll fees later this year.
KTA said in a news release beginning May 1st, rather than offering two toll rates, a cash rate and an electronic rate, drivers will pay one base toll rate with electronic customers receiving a discount.
Turnpike officials says the current cash rate will increase about 10 percent to crease the new base rate. Electronic customers then will see a 20 percent or 10 percent discount on their monthly statements depending on the class vehicle they drive.
KTA said the fee increases are driven by the need to fund improvement projects that it said would require an investment of about $1.2 billion through the year 2025.
“Some of the projects were selected to address aging infrastructure needs,” said David Jacobson, KTA’s Director of Engineering. “Others are driven by customer expectations and changing traffic patterns.”
Hewitt said since KTA receives no public funding, the fee increases are a necessity.