A $470 Million Pothole?
Jennifer Ulrich on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Yes, that’s what I said, a $470 million pothole. Well, a metaphoric pothole anyway, in the state transportation budget. An article from philly.com indicated that PA Governor Rendell has been trying to find a way to fill that hole in order to raise money for transportation repairs on the highways, bridges and other projects. I get why we need tolls, I really do, but I feel like they keep finding ways to up the ante and not in the PA drivers’ favor. Rendell wanted to toll I-80 to help make up for the deficit as well as raise other local tolls. The Federal Highway Administration has rejected the proposal to institute tolls on I-80 three times already citing federal transportation law that states that tolls collected on that road must only be used for that road. I’m not sure what to think about this. It makes sense to help with the transportation budget but I already pay $2 to go a few miles on the turnpike! What do you think? Do you think they should keep fighting to toll I-80? Or find another means of funding?