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Crown Victoria:

--- Quote from: jeffandnicole on October 27, 2021, 11:08:58 PM ---Also, how important were those highways anyway?  Even with Act 44, the money that the PA Turnpike does have winds up being spent on roads of questionable value, whereas the money could be better spent in areas where traffic demands call for widening and construction.

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The PTC funds the construction of the Mon-Fayette Expressway and Southern Beltway projects through revenue (and borrowing against that revenue) that it receives from the gas tax and registration fees. These fund transfers are mandated in Act 89 of 2013 and previous legislation. This means that the PTC has been sending toll revenue to PennDOT for mass transit, while PennDOT sends gas tax money to the PTC to build roads and collect tolls on those roads. It should be noted that the legislature can't just reverse this and use gas tax money for mass transit, because that would be unconstitutional in PA (gas taxes are reserved for roads, and apparently the State Police).

 

tylert120:
Turnpike to build interchange in Penn Township, Westmoreland County

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2021/10/28/Turnpike-to-build-interchange-in-Penn-Township-Westmoreland-County/stories/202110280153

Great Lakes Roads:
Even though Manny Guzman, a lawmaker from Berks County, wants to see toll booth workers back in the toll plazas during peak hours, the PA Turnpike CEO said that "the potential return of toll booth workers is not something that is under consideration at the turnpike" and "Because we have to get to the next phase of this system, toll booths won't be at these interchanges for much longer, so that process is really behind us now."

https://www.wtae.com/article/pennsylvania-turnpike-toll-booth-workers-bill/38089999

MASTERNC:

--- Quote from: tylert120 on October 29, 2021, 12:21:14 AM ---Turnpike to build interchange in Penn Township, Westmoreland County

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2021/10/28/Turnpike-to-build-interchange-in-Penn-Township-Westmoreland-County/stories/202110280153

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In here, it's clear the toll plazas won't be gone for five more years.  The Thruway was able to get rid of them in less than two.

Mr_Northside:

--- Quote from: MASTERNC on October 30, 2021, 01:20:20 PM ---In here, it's clear the toll plazas won't be gone for five more years.  The Thruway was able to get rid of them in less than two.

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All of that is intertwined with their project to deploy fiber optic cable along their ROW.  Like the EZ-Pass deployment, they're starting east and eventually making it west.

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