Friday, July 3, 2015

Highway to Armageddon?

Infrastructure Armageddon will now commence. The federal government is preparing to reject the state’s request to toll Interstate 80, according to an post on the Patriot-News website, which cites two sources with knowledge of the application.

Highway to Armageddon?

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Infrastructure Armageddon will now commence. The federal government is preparing to reject the state’s request to toll Interstate 80, according to an post on the Patriot-News website, which cites two sources with knowledge of the application.

This move will cause a severe cut in infrastructure and public transit spending in the state — SEPTA has already said that it would have to cancel plans for a new City Hall station and a smart card system if its funding was cut.

"We're facing a transportation funding Armageddon here," State House Transportation chairman Joe Marasek said when asked a few weeks back what would happen if I-80 tolling efforts fail.

Now, we wait and see whether Gov. Rendell and the Legislature figure out an alternate plan during budget negotiations. But since tolling I-80 was Plan B (Rendell initially wanted to privatize the Turnkpike), expect a long summer.

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