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September 19, 1996
TRAFFIC AND REVENUE SET ALL-TIME SINGLE MONTH
RECORDS IN AUGUST
HARRISBURG -- More vehicles travelled the Pennsylvania
Turnpike during the month of August than any other single month in
the Turnpike's 56-year history. A total of 13,841,000 vehicles
used the highway during August of 1996, up from last year's then-
record level of 13,263,000 vehicles.
Typically Turnpike usage hits a peak during the month of
August as the height of the vacation season and the Labor Day
holiday weekend converge to swell traffic volumes. Turnpike
officials had predicted record usage for the month, but actual
usage surpassed even those projections.
Traffic on the Turnpike was up 4.4% from last August and is up
4.0% for fiscal year 1996. So far this year, 39,395,000 vehicles
have used the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Traffic peaked on Friday, August 30th as the Labor Day
weekend got underway. A total of 458,069 vehicles travelled on
the Turnpike that day while 1,425,211 vehicles utilized the
highway during the four-day weekend.
"We're pleased that the Pennsylvania Turnpike is the highway
of choice for an increasing number of travelers," said Turnpike
Executive Director John T. Durbin. "Our policy of placing a
premium on customer safety and convenience has resulted in a
roadway on which people like to travel."
The all-time high traffic numbers yielded record fare
receipts. A total of $32,507,000 was collected during the month of
August, eclipsing the previous record of $30,909,000 collected
during August of 1995.
Passenger cars accounted for $19,173,000 in fare revenue
during August while commercial vehicles paid $13,334,000 in fares.
A total of 12,249,000 passenger vehicles utilized the roadway while
1,592,000 commercial vehicles travelled the Turnpike during August.
Use of the Turnpike's expansion highways (Turnpike 66 near
Greensburg, the Beaver Valley Expressway (Turnpike 60) and Turnpike
43 near California) is also on the increase. Traffic on expansion
highways has increased 12.3% so far this year and revenue is up
And, while traffic and revenue are up, the Turnpike's
aggressive cost cutting efforts have resulted in first quarter
expenses coming in $8,315,000 under budget. The Commission's
fiscal 1996-97 budget called for the expenditure of $45,229,000
during the first quarter. Actual expenses during June, July and
August were $36,913,000.
P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676 Phone: (717) 939-9551 Fax: (717) 986-9649