Turnpike reports 2/3 of toll revenue paid by out-of-state drivers

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PORTLAND — Maine Turnpike officials say nearly two-thirds of all the toll revenue collected on the highway this year is coming from motorists who don’t live the state.

The Portland Press-Herald reports that’s an increase from two years ago, when an estimated 54 percent of the $105 million in tolls came from out-of-state drivers. The turnpike expects to collect $125 million in toll revenue this year, with 66 percent paid by non-Mainers.

Since increasing tolls two years ago, the turnpike authority has pushed to get more state residents to buy E-ZPass transponders, which allow motorists to pay discounted tolls.

Officials say the majority of out-of-state motorists pay cash at the tolls. Others use E-ZPass transponders from other states, which are also charged at the cash rate in Maine.

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