Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase by six percent in 2020

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase by six percent in 2020

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Tuesday that they will be increasing tolls for cash and E-ZPass customers beginning in 2020, as the commission grapples with increasing debt obligations.

 

The six percent increase in toll rates comes as the Turnpike continues to struggle meeting funding obligations required under two state-level statutes — Act 44 of 2007 and Act 89 of 2013.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Auditor General: $4.25 billion in transfers to State Police has slowed road, bridge repairs

Auditor General: $4.25 billion in transfers to State Police has slowed road, bridge repairs

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday that the state has transferred an estimated $4.25 billion from the state’s Motor License Fund to the Pennsylvania State Police since 2012, hindering efforts to repair roads and bridges across Pennsylvania. 

DePasquale was flanked by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards near the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg as he called for legislative fixes to how both PennDOT and the state police are funded. 
Thursday, April 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Auditor general paints grim financial picture of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Auditor general paints grim financial picture of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released results Thursday of his recent audit into the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), painting a harrowing picture of the agency’s financial state and the uphill battle the commission faces in sustaining the turnpike while also keeping it affordable for travelers.
 
DePasquale pointed to financial barriers the commission is facing — including $11.8 billion worth of debt and annual payments to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) of $450 million for non-turnpike projects — as catalysts for the commission’s dismal financial picture and rising toll costs.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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National Bike to Work Week starts with annual ride around Harrisburg

National Bike to Work Week starts with annual ride around Harrisburg

Monday kicked off National Bike to Work Week in Harrisburg and dozens gathered to start off the week with a ride around Harrisburg that ended at the Capitol with a press conference.

The PLS Reporter was in the Rotunda as the riders finished up their ride at the Capitol steps. 

Monday, May 14, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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PennDOT Secretary testifies before House Transportation Committee on automated vehicle plan

PennDOT Secretary testifies before House Transportation Committee on automated vehicle plan

In the aftermath of a fatal accident in Arizona involving an Uber Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation released a plan to increase safety regulations for self-driving cars. Following the April announcement, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards testified before the House Transportation Committee to discuss the future of HAVs and the proposed policy plan to regulate self-driving cars.  
Monday, April 30, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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