September 13, 2016
Like death and taxes, there are two guarantees when it comes to driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike: potholes and toll increases. But despite nine years of annual toll hikes, the Turnpike Commission's finances have crumbled worse than the 360-mile road. In fact, the commission has amassed a debt level that is "potentially unsustainable," according to a recent audit by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The audit found the commission's net position - assets minus liabilities - has ballooned from $1.76 billion in 2007 to a negative $4.11 billion in 2015.
May 24, 2012 |
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.
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.
September 10, 2016
ISSUE | PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE Lack of leadership driving debt crisis It was disappointing, but not surprising, to read about the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's crippling debt ("Auditor: Turnpike finances in decline," Wednesday). The fact that the state legislature and governor enacted a law in 2007 requiring annual payments from collected tolls and turnpike reserves to help fund PennDot is a blatant example of our elected officials ducking the difficult fiscal decisions they are elected to make.
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.
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.
June 17, 2016 |
Two former employees of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission were charged Wednesday by state prosecutors with collecting pay for time they did not work. Sharie Anne Sacco, 56, and Stephen Michael Dombek, 51, were accused of stealing more than $8,000 by falsifying their work hours and using state vehicles for personal use. The Turnpike Commission conducted 39 days of surveillance between April and June last year on Sacco, a construction manager, and caught her submitting bogus time reports for all 39 days, prosecutors said.
April 18, 2016
ISSUE | BLIZZARD OF 2016 Drivers at fault for getting stuck on turnpike Regarding the editorial "Turnpike's snow job" (Thursday), maybe we should look at this not from the perspective of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission or its critics, but from that of the drivers who, though "this storm was extraordinarily well predicted," still decided to use the highway. Why would those truck and car drivers venture out after there was "warning of a major Northeast snowstorm a week in advance"?
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.
February 22, 1991 |
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.