Daily News Briefs, March 1, 2021

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Some PA Lawmakers Are Awakening to A Transportation Funding Crisis

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, Pennsylvania’s legislature “has done little to deal with transportation funding, despite intense lobbying from PennDOT, the turnpike and the state’s biggest transit agencies. . . .” However, some lawmakers are beginning to challenge the status quo as they see agencies approaching a financial cliff. The state is in desperate need of a new formula for transit funding. At the same time, the diminution of PennDOT’s main funding source, gas tax revenue, quickened by the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, has left the department $7 billion short of what it needs each year for highway and bridge work.

Company and Agency Financials Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC)

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US Lawmaker Wants MTA To Give Motorists A Toll Break

Silive.com reports, US Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/South Brooklyn) has introduced a bill (HR 1356) to “require agencies like the MTA to use any additional revenue generated through [bidirectional tolling of a bridge] to provide lower tolls or fund rebates for residents on both sides of the bridge.” Malliotakis is an outspoken critic of MTA’s decision to convert the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to a two-way collection system in December 2020. MTA, which anticipates a boost in toll revenue due to the change, said it will review the bill.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York New York City

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Florida Beach Tolling Resumes In Time For Spring Break

The St. Augustine Record and WJAX report, tollbooths reopened today and vehicle tolls are once again being collected for access to St. Johns County beaches.

Florida Jacksonville (FL) Metropolitan Area

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

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