Tolling bridges in Pennsylvania is not the answer to revenue needs for maintenance

The state Legislature may not be able to stop the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s plan to toll the nine interstate highway bridges in the state, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers and the governor shouldn’t attempt to find a better way to fund much-needed road and bridge maintenance.

Last month, the Republican-controlled state Senate passed a bill that would require legislative approval for any plans to toll roads and bridges in the state. It’s a direct response to PennDOT’s announcement in February that it would begin tolling those nine bridges through authority granted by the Legislature in 2012 when it created the Public-Private Transportation Partnership Board.