The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a toll-rate increase of 2 percent for E-ZPass customers and 12 percent for cash customers, effective Jan. 5, 2014.

According to a statement released by the commission, "The increase is largely needed to allow the PTC to meet its funding obligation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under a 2007 state law known as Act 44. New revenues from the increase will also help fund the Turnpike's capital-improvement plan, which is focused mostly on completely rebuilding the 73-year-old toll road and widening it from four to six lanes."

The increase was approved by the five-member Turnpike Commission at its July 15 public meeting.