Judge rejects lawsuit over Pa. Turnpike toll hikes

Marc Levy | Thursday, April 4, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

HARRISBURG — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit over Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases to help fund the state’s transit agencies, saying Thursday that a truckers’ organization didn’t show the scheme violates constitutional protections over commerce and travel between states.

The 56-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane elicited a sign of relief from a number of quarters in Pennsylvania state government, as well as from transit agencies whose payments had been held up during the lawsuit.

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Audit to examine impact of toll hikes on Pennsylvania Turnpike traffic, revenue

Theresa Clift | Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

The state auditor general’s office will conduct a performance audit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in light of concerns that annual toll hikes will cause traffic to decline and generate less money for important construction projects.

“What we want to analyze is their belief from their consultants that despite the increase in tolls, they’ll have increased traffic,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “I am not convinced this is going to happen.”

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