Daily News Briefs, August 8, 2019

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Propose a Tax Credit to Offset the Rising Cost of Tolls

Pennsylvania Capital-Star contributor Mark O’Keefe thinks two state lawmakers have a good plan to mitigate the rising cost of Pennsylvania Turnpike and bridge tolls. They introduced companion bills in the House and Senate to offer an annual state income tax credit (capped at $500) equal to 50 percent of tolls paid by individuals and businesses with E-ZPass accounts. O’Keefe chides Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature, for so far showing little interest in the bills.

Burlington County (NJ) Bridge Commission Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC)


PANYNJ Schedules New Hearing on Proposed Toll Increases for Staten Islanders

SILive.com reports, “At the request of local elected officials,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold a second Staten Island public hearing on its proposed toll increases and changes to the Staten Island Bridges Plan.The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening, September 4, in Willowbrook. The article notes, during the first hearing in July, “residents and local elected officials blasted the Port Authority’s proposal, arguing that the plan places a disproportionate burden on Staten Island residents.”

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New Phase of RITBA Bridge Restoration Project Starts Monday

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority announced that work will begin Monday, August 12, on the second phase of a “significant structural rehabilitation project” on the Newport Pell Bridge. Aetna Bridge Company of Warwick, Rhode Island, has a $19 million contract to replace approximately 4,500 feet of bridge deck as part of a multiyear RITBA renewal effort that will also set the stage for future maintenance projects. Aetna is under a contractual deadline to complete work by December 2020.

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These are just a few of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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