One Idea: Gateway Tolling
During the kickoff of yesterday’s Special Session on the Pennsylvania Transportation Funding Crisis, Gov. Rendell asked for suggestions on how to fill the gap within Act 44, PA’s Transportation law. State Representative Scott Conklin (77th District) has come forward with one recommendation — implementing a toll on the state’s interstate highways, at the 11 entrance points along the state’s border. Drivers would pay to leave and to enter the state.
A Johnstown news source reports:
PennDOT officials said an estimated 168 million vehicles cross Pennsylvania’s borders on non-tolled interstate roads and bridges each year, and when factoring in round-trips, gateway tolling could raise at least $300 million a year.
Conklin said the last thing lawmakers want is a bridge collapse like one that happened a few years ago on Interstate 70.
“Many of our bridges today are the exact same concrete construction and again, in central Pennsylvania alone, if we don’t do something immediately we’re looking at 160,000 residents who are going to have to divert their driving habits,” Conklin said.
Do you think this proposal has a greater chance of gaining support than an increase in the gas tax?