PORTLAND, Maine — A toll increase approved Thursday by the Maine Turnpike Authority’s board raises cash tolls from 50 cents to a dollar at four toll plazas and raises by 40 percent the cash cost of driving the full length of the 109-mile highway.
The plan, unanimously approved, increases cash tolls by $1 at the York plaza and 50 cents at toll plazas in Wells, West Gardiner, and New Gloucester.
Under the new rates, the cost of traveling the entire turnpike from York to Augusta will increase from $5 to $7 for cash-paying motorists.
Maine E-ZPass rates will increase 1 cent per mile.
The rate increase, effective Nov. 1, will bring in an additional $21.1 million in annual revenue, helping to cover the turnpike’s operating budget, maintenance, and long-term debt service.