Corbett To Look At Ways To Finance Pennsylvania Transportation

HARRISBURG (CBS) – Governor Corbett will form a task force to study ways to fund roads, bridges and mass transit in Pennsylvania. But, while the governor does not favor simply imposing tolls on highways as they currently exist, tolls could be a part of the solution.

Testifying at budget hearings, Governor Corbett’s nominee to be PennDOT Secretary, Barry Schoch, says the task force, which will be expected to work quickly and report results by June 1st, will be different.

Schoch says it will not study the state’s transportation needs, which are already well documented.

“The intent and focus of this committee is to work on how to finance the problem.”

Meanwhile, Governor Corbett’s spokesman Kevin Harley says one thing not to expect is another effort like the failed attempt to get federal approval to toll Interstate 80.

“He is opposed to tolling existing roads,” Harley said of the Governor’s position.

However, Harley says Corbett is open to the idea of tolling in the case of so-called public-private partnerships, where the private sector puts up the capital to rebuild or expand roads. He says proposed improvements to Route 422 is one example where that could work.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • Chute Pagaglio

    I got a better idea. Instead of Privatizing the tolling of the roads. Lets privatize the roll of the Pa. Goverment. They obiousley can’t arrive any any soloutions to our problems that we have and can’t agree on nothing. They are getting paid from our Tax dollars to sit and argue all day and accomplish nothing. They are trying to cut Govermental services and functions that the pepole of the commonwealth are in need of. Lets just simplify the whole thing by privatizing it and hiring a outside firm to run it at a fraction of the cost to us Taxpayers. Corbett could be impeached and all his little players that sit up at the Big House of Pa all day and argue can be fired and put on the ranks of unemployment. Then they can experience first hand how the pepole that are affected by their lack of decision making feel while standing beside them in line at the food bank.

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