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roadman65:
Is this going to be (or is it already) a common thing?
https://goo.gl/maps/HBx8BAxXpWxLFuLK8
The Combination PA Turnpike and 276 shield that is.

74/171FAN:

--- Quote from: roadman65 on September 10, 2022, 11:26:11 AM ---Is this going to be (or is it already) a common thing?
https://goo.gl/maps/HBx8BAxXpWxLFuLK8
The Combination PA Turnpike and 276 shield that is.

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Maybe because I have seen that error from time to time over the years.  I did find this done correctly on PA 132. 

They did fix the PA 476 shields on I-78 from 2016 a while ago.  (I feel embarrassed that I never photographed those signs for whatever reason.)

ARMOURERERIC:

--- Quote from: Crown Victoria on September 10, 2022, 07:09:35 AM ---An audit of the PTC was recently completed by PA's Auditor General which expresses concern over the PTC's debt level, the sustainability of annual toll increases, and the amount of unpaid Toll-By-Plate invoices:

https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/audit-recommends-lawmakers-act-to-ease-pa-turnpikes-financial-squeeze-on-motorists/

https://www.paauditor.gov/Media/Default/Reports/Pennsylvania%20Turnpike%20Commission%20-%20Audit%20Period%20June%201,%202018%20to%20June%2013,%202022.pdf

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The right thing to do is add a 50 cent surcharge to every mass transit ticket sold in the state to go to the turnpike commission.  After all, did not most of that annual $450 million in reality go to shore up PAT and SEPTA pension shortfalls?

Roadsguy:

--- Quote from: roadman65 on September 10, 2022, 11:26:11 AM ---Is this going to be (or is it already) a common thing?
https://goo.gl/maps/HBx8BAxXpWxLFuLK8
The Combination PA Turnpike and 276 shield that is.

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It is a common error that I've been noticing more and more in recent years. The same goes for 76 and 476 elsewhere; never seen any photos of a PA Turnpike 376 shield, so I'm not sure if that mistake has ever been made. It's definitely not a new standard practice by either the PTC or PennDOT; otherwise, it would be universal on new signs, which it definitely isn't.

In a similar vein of one-off mistakes, I noticed one sign put up a few years ago that uses the Turnpike shield alongside the Interstate shield on the mainline (and not just on intersecting roads). I was hoping this would become the PTC's new standard as the NJTA already does on the NJTP, but every new sign inside the (former) ticket system that I've seen still omits the Turnpike shield, so it was probably just a fluke.

The "PA Turnpike [route]" combo shield is standard on the non-mainline state route toll roads that the PTC operates: PA Turnpike 43, 66, and 576, all in the Pittsburgh area.

sbeaver44:

--- Quote from: Crown Victoria on September 10, 2022, 07:09:35 AM ---An audit of the PTC was recently completed by PA's Auditor General which expresses concern over the PTC's debt level, the sustainability of annual toll increases, and the amount of unpaid Toll-By-Plate invoices:

https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/audit-recommends-lawmakers-act-to-ease-pa-turnpikes-financial-squeeze-on-motorists/

https://www.paauditor.gov/Media/Default/Reports/Pennsylvania%20Turnpike%20Commission%20-%20Audit%20Period%20June%201,%202018%20to%20June%2013,%202022.pdf

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Bad Debt of $104 million and something like 8.3% of operating revenue.  Wow.  What other industry sees bad debt that high?

I also like that the auditor general is like “you could stop letting employees travel for free on non-Turnpike business” and, while it probably is a small portion of overall trips, the Turnpike Commission is like “eh, no”

I’m totally not bitter because I pay them $1.70 for 5 miles each way each day, but it beats the hell out of I-83 through Harrisburg and saves me mileage.  I can’t imagine paying the $3.90 non EZP rate.

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