Governor Tom Wolf said this week that he wants to change the way Pennsylvania pays for transportation
There appears to be a growing consensus among lawmakers that the funding scheme isn’t working–particularly when it comes to the heavily-indebted turnpike system.
The turnpike has raised its tolls every year since 2009. Come January, they’re going up another six percent, to $1.38 on average for E-ZPass users. The tradition is expected to last decades.
It’s long been a sore spot. Earlier this year, a group of truckers (and the National Motorists Association) sued the turnpike and state over the tolls. And the Auditor General is reviewing turnpike finances for the second time in two years.