Kansas Turnpike cash tolls to rise Oct. 1

| 8/28/2009

The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced that cash tolls will increase 5 percent for trucks and 15 percent for passenger vehicles starting Oct. 1. Drivers with KTAG accounts will see no change.

KTA officials say the increase is necessary to cover increasing costs and to provide incentive for drivers to go cashless with a KTAG transponder.

For a five-axle commercial vehicle traveling from Topeka to Wichita, the $39.75 cash toll becomes $41.74 on Oct. 1. The current $12.50 toll from Kansas City, KS, to Topeka will become $13.13.

Click here to view the toll schedule. Tolls were last increased in 2007.

Starting Sept. 1, travelers can buy KTAG kits at 100 retail locations in Kansas, including Walgreens, Dillons and AAA, officials stated in a press release. The $15 kit includes a transponder and $10 in toll credits.

KTA President Michael Johnston stated that the Turnpike Authority continues to try to save costs, having trimmed full-time staff by 10 percent, or 39 positions, since 2006.

– By David Tanner, staff writer