Pennsylvania Toll Lawsuit: An existential threat looms for SEPTA and state transit this summer, as lawsuit threatens funding

Paul Cullen Sr., a Washington attorney representing the truckers and drivers associations that initiated the suit, has argued the 1991 rule applies specifically to the New York State Thruway or the Fort McHenry Tunnel and is not relevant in Pennsylvania.

A funding crisis is not a new experience for SEPTA. The agency for years ran on lean budgets, always at risk of a sudden loss of state money. Despite winning new sources of state revenue in the last 12 years, the agency continues to face a $4.6 billion “state of good repair” backlog. Plans to expand transportation infrastructure consistently run up against the realities of limited funding.