PA Turnpike Earns Editorial Support for Decisions on Capital Spending, Push to End $450 Million in Transit Payments

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board agrees with the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s review of its capital plan and the agency’s decision to “proceed as planned” and not kill any projects. The review was sparked by mounting debt and toll rates – due largely to state law that mandates annual payments to the state for mass transit projects. The editors add, “Meanwhile, the turnpike should continue working on getting out from under that $450 million annual payment to PennDOT — it drops to $50 million in several years — and to collecting more than $49 million owed by toll scofflaws. When the scofflaws don’t pay their share, the rest of us have to dig deeper.”