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Federal Government Rejects Application To Toll I-80 in Pa


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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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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