October 19, 2015 |
I'm ready to toss my E-ZPass transponder in the trash - and that may be possible in the future. With one transponder shared among the Sturgis Family of Fine Automobiles, I've stumbled into a labyrinth of missed transponder readings, missed letters, and added fees. So I took my indignation to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, from whom I purchased the transponder a few years back, and stumbled upon a plan to make everyone's ride on the turnpike a little quicker, and some tips to avoid E-ZPass problems.
July 18, 2015 |
Thousands of motorists are getting an expensive lesson in sign reading from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. At a new E-ZPass-only interchange on the turnpike's Northeast Extension in Carbon County, 4,537 motorists used the ramps without an E-ZPass between June 30 and July 13, ignoring large green-and-purple-and-yellow signs proclaiming "E-ZPass Tagholders Only. " Now, each of them can expect a bill of $64.75 in the mail. That includes a $25 administrative fee and a $39.75 toll based on the most distant exit on the turnpike: the Ohio border, 400 miles away.
February 4, 2015 |
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.
December 1, 2014 |
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.
August 14, 2014 |
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.
May 12, 2014 |
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.
March 10, 2014 |
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.
February 21, 2014 |
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.
February 17, 2014 |
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.
September 7, 2013 |
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.