Transportation Commission Will Hear Concept Of Tolling Route 422

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Governor Corbett’s transportation funding advisory commission will hear a presentation this morning on the idea of turning a stretch of Route 422 into a toll road. But the chairman of the panel says it will not be making recommendations on this or any other specific proposal.

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch is the chairman of the panel created by Governor Corbett to craft recommendations on new ways to fund transportation needs. He says the plan to toll Route 422 in order to fund improvements to the road is just one approach to transportation funding that involves giving local governments tolling or taxing authority.

“We’re also going to discuss things that have been done by other states,” Schoch says. “For instance in Florida, the counties have the right to add a penny to the gas tax, other states have the ability for counties to add sales tax, all for the intent of dedicated revenue for transportation in that region. So the (Route) 422 project is just one illustrative example – we will not be taking action on it in any way, shape or form.”

Schoch is clear that, at least with regard to his panel, it will only be eyeing the concept behind the Rt. 422 proposal.

“This is all for the benefit of the commission simply to look at that one method of general revenue increasing – which is called ‘local taxation authority’. It is not going to be specific to any one proposal – any recommendations we might consider.”

Schoch says the panel will make general recommendations on transportation funding by August 1st.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. Guess Who says:

    Sure, drive the traffic onto our local roads.

    The problem is overbuilding in the area and stupid buyers who are willing to put up with constant traffic jams to live there.

  2. george says:

    there is only one way to fix 422, crush it, and start over… the planning must NOT be done by anyone connected with PA state government…. only someone who was out to lunch could have designed this road… it is something out of the 1930’s.

  3. Francis Graff says:

    Coming to a highwat near you? Tolls are taxes on top of taxes. They no longer even provide blue collar jobs. They require as much maintenace as the entire length of highway they serve. Add in, the cost to build and keep them operable, you just defeat the purpose. The money is not for highway maintenance, rather for pork projects they provide for the friends of politicians. So Mr. Governor and Mr. Secretary, please consider my theory. By the way, they are not very popular with the motorist, who mostly feel they cause slowdowns. Raise the gas tax, it’s safer.

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