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May 24, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has quietly hired a private investigator from Western Pennsylvania to examine the turnpike's purchasing and contract-compliance practices. The turnpike authority hired Corporate Security and Investigations of Monaca, Pa., for $75,000 a year to provide "confidential investigative and audit services related to procurement, contract compliance and invoicing policies and practices as they apply to vendors providing supplies, services or construction.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Construction is to start late next month or in early October on the long-awaited direct connection between Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, after the award of a $142.9 million contract to a Bucks County firm. PKF-Mark III Inc., of Newtown, won the contract from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to build the first section of the $420 million Stage 1 of the new interchange that will finally provide an unbroken I-95 between Maine and Florida. For decades, I-95 has been incomplete in New Jersey near Trenton.
NEWS
January 4, 2013
TURNPIKE TOLLS will increase Sunday by 10 percent for cash customers and 2 percent for E-ZPass customers, generating about $25 million in new revenue, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Wednesday. It said the funding is needed in part to address a shortfall in transportation funding. By law, the authority annually contributes $450 million to PennDOT. The boost is also needed to fund reconstruction and widening projects, which have historically cost the authority about $20 million per mile.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chinese investors have begun signing up to spend $500,000 each to help pay for a long-awaited connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95. In exchange, the investors hope to get permanent residency in the United States for themselves and their families. Agents for the novel financing plan have been pitching the proposal in China since September, touting the project's financial stability and showcasing photos of Gov. Corbett and Turnpike Commission officials breaking ground for the construction in Bucks County.
NEWS
February 22, 1991 | By John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia Democratic Party chief Robert A. Brady is likely to be named by Gov. Casey to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, replacing Peter C. Camiel, who died last month. Casey administration sources yesterday confirmed that Brady was interested in the post. Brady, in an interview, said he has "talked to some people" in the administration and the state Senate about the job. He said those people seem favorably inclined toward his nomination. "They're telling me it's kind of a tradition for a party chairman from an eastern county" to get the appointment, Brady said.
NEWS
September 8, 1989
A week in Majorca at a four-star hotel? You just knew six officials of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission would jump at that kind of hard duty - signing up for the annual meeting of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association at the Mediterranean island resort next month. This Washington-based association likes to meet in such appealing locales, holding previous gatherings in San Francisco, Nova Scotia and Venice. And guess what? The turnpike officials who attended each one of these meetings insisted it's critically important to schmooze with colleagues from around the world.
NEWS
June 6, 1987 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Transportation Secretary Howard Yerusalim said yesterday that he expected to be able to handle the chairmanship of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as well as his present job, but he conceded that the dual role might not last. The five-member commission abided by Gov. Casey's request yesterday and unanimously selected Yerusalim as its chairman and Democrat James J. Dodaro of Pittsburgh as vice chairman during a reorganization election. Casey also must appoint two new members or renominate two retiring members within the next three months.
NEWS
April 8, 1994 | By Rich Henson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An assistant district manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was charged yesterday in an alleged plot to rob a vehicle that ferries turnpike cash and receipts and to kill the two people on board. State police at Plymouth Meeting said Michael A. Carrozza 3d, 32, of 2659 S. 67th St., Southwest Philadelphia, was arrested yesterday morning at his office at the Delaware River Bridge interchange of the turnpike, Exit 30. He was arrested after a three-month investigation, police said.
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - Been stuck in a backup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike? Travelers on the highway can now get a free smartphone application that warns them of accidents, adverse weather or other advisories, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Friday. The commission says smartphone users can download and launch the hands-free "Trip Talk" application before they travel to hear active turnpike advisories nearby. "Trip Talk" is designed to remain on during the drive, and activate automatically when approaching an area impacted by an advisory.
NEWS
January 6, 2012
Auditor General Jack Wagner warned Thursday that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission could become insolvent and default on debts if a law requiring it to pay $450 million a year to the state is not repealed. The commission's long-term debt has almost tripled to $7.3 billion since 2007 - when the law, known as Act 44, was implemented - as the agency sold bonds to cover the required payments to the state Transportation Department, Wagner said. The commission faces at least $20 billion in added debt to make the payments over the next 46 years, Wagner said in a letter sent to leaders of the legislature and the Turnpike Commission.
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February 4, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is seeking about $45 million from a tech company that was central to a state investigation into corruption at the Turnpike Commission. In a lawsuit filed in Dauphin County Court, the Turnpike Commission contends that Ciber Inc., a Colorado-based technology firm, overcharged and under-delivered on its $82 million in contracts to create and install a computerized financial-reporting system for the turnpike. Former Ciber vice president Dennis Miller is also a defendant in the suit.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chinese investors have begun signing up to spend $500,000 each to help pay for a long-awaited connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95. In exchange, the investors hope to get permanent residency in the United States for themselves and their families. Agents for the novel financing plan have been pitching the proposal in China since September, touting the project's financial stability and showcasing photos of Gov. Corbett and Turnpike Commission officials breaking ground for the construction in Bucks County.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Construction is to start late next month or in early October on the long-awaited direct connection between Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, after the award of a $142.9 million contract to a Bucks County firm. PKF-Mark III Inc., of Newtown, won the contract from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to build the first section of the $420 million Stage 1 of the new interchange that will finally provide an unbroken I-95 between Maine and Florida. For decades, I-95 has been incomplete in New Jersey near Trenton.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
As Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has been speaking out against a sting investigation aimed at corrupt politicians, defense lawyers in other high-profile cases have been listening. They hope to use her words against her. In vigorously defending her decision to shut down the sting, Kane has taken aim at everything from the legal theory behind the case to the motives of the prosecutors who ran it. In the process, the defense lawyers say, she has raised issues they could use to challenge two of the highest-profile cases her office is handling: one alleging corruption at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and another a cover-up of sex abuse at Pennsylvania State University.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before beginning a $2.5 billion project to widen the New Jersey Turnpike, turnpike officials said the construction was necessary to reduce existing congestion and to cope with future traffic. "Turnpike traffic is on the rise," the state Turnpike Authority said in its justification for the project. "By 2032 northbound traffic volume is expected to increase by nearly 68 percent [above 2005 levels]; southbound traffic is forecasted to increase by 92 percent. " Now, one-third of the way through that 27-year forecast, turnpike traffic is actually about 10 percent lower than it was in 2005.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A politically connected auto-towing and car-repair magnate in Bucks County is making quite a haul from last week's massive pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Robert Leipziger, 58, of Langhorne, who owns Rob's Automotive & Collision Center in Bristol, has contracts with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and AAA to provide all towing and repair services on 45 miles of the turnpike, including the scene of Friday's chain-reaction accident that injured at least 25 people and closed the turnpike for eight hours.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
AFTER GETTING through a miserable couple of days that featured snow, ice and barren bread aisles at the supermarket, the last thing anyone in this region wanted to deal with was a nightmarish pileup on some highway, the kind that ends up on one of those can-you-believe-it segments on news stations across the country. But that precise disaster played out about 8:30 a.m. yesterday on a stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Bensalem and Willow Grove, as separate chain-reaction crashes in the eastbound lanes sent at least 30 people to area hospitals with nonlife-threatening injuries, officials said.
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission should be disbanded, with turnpike operations placed under control of the state Department of Transportation, the turnpike's former inspector general says. Political influence, patronage jobs, and pay-to-play contracting are still pervasive despite a recent state grand jury investigation that resulted in criminal charges against eight people, said Anthony Maniscola, the recently retired inspector general. "They should get rid of the commissioners, put the turnpike under PennDot, and run it like a real highway agency," Maniscola said in an interview Thursday.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
BEDFORD, Pa. - These days, making a "rest stop" on the highway means rolling out of the minivan in T-shirts and pajama bottoms, grabbing a soda and a burger, gassing up, and hitting the road again. But there was a time, 73 years ago, when gas was 7 cents a gallon, speed limits were unheard of, and traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike was a novelty. It was a time when rest stops were actually places to rest. Those were the days when ladies wore hats, men wore ties, and the gas-pump jockeys wore uniforms and a smile.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - A high-ranking legislative employee testified Monday about the involvement of state senators in hiring and contracting practices at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, as a judge ponders whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial. The Senate Democratic chief of staff, Tony Lepore, was the only witness during the first day of what is expected to be a weeklong preliminary hearing in the case that alleges corruption in turnpike business. Lepore said Senate Democrats would call officials at the turnpike to inform them of political fund-raising events and ask them to sell thousands of dollars in tickets.
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