Fees on the Kansas Turnpike to increase Oct. 1

TOPEKA | The Kansas Turnpike will cost most drivers more money starting Oct. 1.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority says cash tolls will rise 15 percent for passenger vehicles and 5 percent for larger trucks and trailers.

But motorists who use the electronic K-Tag system will see no change in their tolls.

Michael Johnston, president and CEO of the turnpike authority, said Thursday the rate hike will help provide more efficient services on the turnpike.

Johnston says the hope is that more motorists will begin using K-Tags. He says the electronic system saves motorists time and gas, while also helping the turnpike operate more efficiently.

The K-Tags are activated electronically by radio signals at special K-Tag lanes near toll booths. Drivers using them aren't required to stop at the booths.

The rate increase is the first on the turnpike since July 2007.