Pa. Turnpike Commission $11 Billion In Debt, Holding Up Payments To PennDOT (NMA Mention)

Local lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee share those concerns.

“I think it’s important that we make sure that these funds continue to flow to the agencies that need them, so it’s a very serious concern,” PA Rep. Jim Struzzi, an Indiana Republican, told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Tuesday.

The problem, it turns out, is a federal lawsuit filed last year against the Turnpike by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Motorists Association.

They say tolls from drivers and truckers should only be used for turnpike improvements, not public transit.

Given that claim, the Turnpike is holding up payment to PennDOT.

But lawmakers say this funding for local transit is essential.