The Federal Government has rejected Pennsylvania’s application to toll I 80, one of the states most traveled highways. Pa’s Dept of Transportation and Pa Turnpike Commission were told by the Federal Highway Administration ( FHWA) that, it “doesn’t meet statutory and technical requirements”. Pa Gov. Rendell believes the states infrastructure is in need of repairs and he will now attempt to convince those involved that privatization is the only other available option. Many people are opposed to this alternative as it would allow profit seekers to benefit, while the residents, businesses, and commuters carry the burden of more added tolls. Obviously, trucking is one of the industries which would be directly effected with the addition of new toll roads scattered throughout the country.
Read what Jim Runk, president of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association ( PMTA) has to say in response to the announcement. He shares many sentiments and concerns that many of us in the country own and believe to be true, especially right here in the great state of Florida.
If you were on our Blog Talk Radio call the other night with Allen, Sally Baptiste and Franklin Perez, this discussion may seem all too familiar when comparing what has happened in Pa to what is presently going on in Florida. Sally is presently fighting to prevent the addition of new toll roads in the state of Florida, and is planning the “RUSH HOUR PROTEST” rally on September 22, 2008 in Orange County Florida.
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