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January 24, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just before toll rates went up this month on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, tollpayers gave Turnpike Commission Chairman William K. Lieberman a belated Christmas present: a $40,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Lieberman, a Pittsburgh insurance executive, received the 2013 Grand Cherokee on Dec. 28 to replace a 2012 Grand Cherokee that he had received a year earlier. That one cost turnpike users $38,448. The year-old Cherokee was handed down to fellow Commissioner Pasquale "Pat" Deon, a Bucks County restaurateur and beer distributor (and SEPTA board chairman)
BUSINESS
April 5, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Although less than half a mile apart, the sprouting King of Prussia Town Center has no plans to compete with the mighty King of Prussia Mall, says the developer behind the new $100 million project. The Town Center - which sits where the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, and Routes 422 and 202 converge - aims to be "the downtown of Upper Merion Township. " "We will be complementary," said Tom Sebastian, senior vice president of development for the JBG Companies, a large commercial real estate developer in the Mid-Atlantic region, headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md. "We are offering something that is a different experience for the consumer.
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | By DAVID R. BOLDT
Driving back into the city after a recent vacation I was struck anew by a circumstance that has never ceased to both amaze and appall me. It is this: There is no interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95. Worse still, the effort to make the traverse from one thoroughfare to the other can induce motorists to venture onto a by-way whose very name causes visitors from elsewhere to laugh out loud: Street Road. The most amazing aspect of this situation - the lack of an interchange - is that no one in Philadelphia seems to realize that it's a problem.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
One person died in a fiery multivehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County early Saturday morning, authorities said. The crash occurred about 5:05 a.m. in the westbound lanes near Exit 312 for Downingtown, in Uwchlan Township, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. The driver of a 2014 Hyundai drove into the rear of a tractor-trailer and spun off the highway, bursting into flames, a State Police report said. That driver, who remains unidentified, died in the flames.
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | Staff Report
If you don't have E-ZPass, you should be careful following your GPS or an online map when it comes to two interchanges on to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in our area. The exits are E-ZPass only, and a Turnpike Authority spokesman says motorists who do not have E-ZPass tags could pay a lot more if they accidentally use them. They are Exit 352, the eastbound only Street Road Interchange in Bensalem, and Exit 340, the westbound only Virginia Drive Interchange near the Fort Washington Office Center in Upper Dublin Township.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commuters who use the four bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority between New Jersey and Pennsylvania are one step closer to paying less in tolls. The DRPA finance committee approved a measure Wednesday that would lower tolls for frequent users of the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross, and Commodore Barry bridges by $18 a month. The proposal will go before the authority's board of commissioners July 15. If approved, the changes would go into effect in November or December, officials said.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
For nearly 24 hours, said Philadelphia lawyer Mark Kaltenbach, he had gone nowhere but the driver's seat of his car, stranded with 500 other motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was dark, bitter cold - wind chills were in the single digits - and blizzardlike conditions were everywhere. He got out of his car and walked. Kaltenbach trudged in snow 2 to 3 feet deep from mile marker 129 to mile marker 127.5, only to find that a turnpike telephone recording had wrongly said he would find emergency workers there.
NEWS
January 3, 2013
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are scheduled to increase Sunday. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Wednesday that most cash-paying customers would see a 10 percent increase, while E-ZPass users would pay 2 percent more. Motorists on the Southern Beltway in the Pittsburgh area will see a steeper increase in cash tolls. The commission has been expanding the differential between cash and electronic tolls since 2011. E-ZPass travelers saved up to 17 percent last year, and the pending changes will widen that to 25 percent in 2013.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
A day before last month's blizzard left hundreds of motorists stranded along a stretch of road under his agency's supervision, the Pennsylvania Turnpike's chief executive attended a Harrisburg briefing at which the governor's top meteorologist warned that at least 12 to 18 inches of snow would fall along the corridor. Forecaster Jeff Jumper repeated his projections in three video briefings to state officials the next day, including one monitored by turnpike managers. "Anything along the track of the turnpike would have been among the hardest-hit areas," Jumper said Thursday, recalling his message.
NEWS
February 25, 2016
ISSUE | TURNPIKE SNARL Paying for forecasts? Last month's traffic boondoggle on a western stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is one more example of the lack of consequences for poor performance by government workers ("Turnpike: Blizzard had flawed forecast," Feb. 17). At legislative hearings, turnpike officials were answering the same questions that legislators asked two years ago, when an eastern stretch near Willow Grove was closed for eight hours. Nothing has changed, and I would bet that no one even gets a reprimand.
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BUSINESS
April 5, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Although less than half a mile apart, the sprouting King of Prussia Town Center has no plans to compete with the mighty King of Prussia Mall, says the developer behind the new $100 million project. The Town Center - which sits where the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, and Routes 422 and 202 converge - aims to be "the downtown of Upper Merion Township. " "We will be complementary," said Tom Sebastian, senior vice president of development for the JBG Companies, a large commercial real estate developer in the Mid-Atlantic region, headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md. "We are offering something that is a different experience for the consumer.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
Pedestrian hit by vehicle dies A pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle in Pennsauken on Friday night, police said Saturday. The vehicle was traveling west on Route 70 near McClellan Avenue around 9:15 p.m. when it hit the pedestrian, who then died from the injuries, the Pennsauken Police Department said. No additional information was released by the police department about the driver or pedestrian. NBC10 reported that the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and that the driver stayed at the scene.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
One person died in a fiery multivehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County early Saturday morning, authorities said. The crash occurred about 5:05 a.m. in the westbound lanes near Exit 312 for Downingtown, in Uwchlan Township, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. The driver of a 2014 Hyundai drove into the rear of a tractor-trailer and spun off the highway, bursting into flames, a State Police report said. That driver, who remains unidentified, died in the flames.
NEWS
March 5, 2016
ISSUE | SEPTA REGIONAL RAIL Another option to link city and King of Prussia SEPTA wants to extend regional rail service to King of Prussia with an elevated, four-to-five-mile spur running mainly along the Pennsylvania Turnpike ("SEPTA reveals K of P rail plan," Saturday). But there is another option, and it would not disrupt residential neighborhoods and the commercial district along Route 202. Why not extend the former R6 Line, now known as the Manayunk/Norristown Line, farther west?
NEWS
February 25, 2016
ISSUE | TURNPIKE SNARL Paying for forecasts? Last month's traffic boondoggle on a western stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is one more example of the lack of consequences for poor performance by government workers ("Turnpike: Blizzard had flawed forecast," Feb. 17). At legislative hearings, turnpike officials were answering the same questions that legislators asked two years ago, when an eastern stretch near Willow Grove was closed for eight hours. Nothing has changed, and I would bet that no one even gets a reprimand.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
A day before last month's blizzard left hundreds of motorists stranded along a stretch of road under his agency's supervision, the Pennsylvania Turnpike's chief executive attended a Harrisburg briefing at which the governor's top meteorologist warned that at least 12 to 18 inches of snow would fall along the corridor. Forecaster Jeff Jumper repeated his projections in three video briefings to state officials the next day, including one monitored by turnpike managers. "Anything along the track of the turnpike would have been among the hardest-hit areas," Jumper said Thursday, recalling his message.
NEWS
February 18, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - As blizzard conditions began to strand motorists for what would become 24 hours of icy discomfort last month, Pennsylvania Turnpike managers were hampered because they relied on a single afternoon weather forecast that understated the severity of the storm, they said Tuesday. Testifying before a state Senate committee, Turnpike Commission Chairman Sean Logan said the officials relied on a Jan. 22 midafternoon advisory from AccuWeather Inc., its contracted forecasting service, that called for what seemed a "manageable range" of snow in south central Pennsylvania.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Weeks after a snowstorm trapped hundreds of trucks, buses, and cars on an 11-mile stretch for a day, Pennsylvania Turnpike officials said Wednesday they would start testing removable median barriers that might prevent such bottlenecks in the future. In the first legislative hearing on the debacle, turnpike and state police officials insisted they did their best in responding to the ferocious storm that battered the state and paralyzed roads on Jan. 22 and 23. But they said they had limited options to remove vehicles and drivers buried by snow and hemmed in by the permanent concrete medians that divide the turnpike in a stretch with no exits between Bedford and Somerset.
NEWS
February 4, 2016
ISSUE | BLIZZARD OF 2016 Turnpike fiasco Everyone knew last month's blizzard was coming, and it's no surprise that accidents would occur on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Yet, despite similar experiences in 2007 and 2014, motorists were treated to a rerun of an all-too-familiar horror show. Gov. Wolf claimed the state had succeeded in making sure people were safe, and his spokesman said "no one was hurt, there were no deaths . . . . " But that seems more a stroke of incredible luck rather than affirmative action by PennDot.
NEWS
February 3, 2016
ISSUE | BLIZZARD OF 2016 Turnpike should have been closed Behind the chaos of 500 motorists stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 24 hours in last month's blizzard is a fundamental question: Why did otherwise intelligent people put their lives at risk ("On turnpike, a blizzard of questions," Sunday)? Why did universities and businesses send their students and employees into the dangerous storm? And why did the Turnpike Commission not close the highway? Washington closed its Metro system from Friday evening through Sunday night.
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