$2 million study looks at hyperloop – 700 mph transit – that would cross Pennsylvania

Jana Benscoter | Thursday, September 26, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Will a hyperloop work in Pennsylvania?

That’s the question officials from legislative and executive branches, statewide agencies, organizations and departments, as well as a handful of private business leaders are trying to answer.

Fifty people, invited to a workshop at Dixon University in Harrisburg on Wednesday, met to talk about the possibility of building a hyperloop system in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has until April 2020 to complete a $2 million state-legislative commissioned study on its viability.

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Another report calls state levies on Pennsylvania Turnpike unsustainable

Deb Erdley | Monday April 1, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

A coalition of transportation agencies Monday issued the latest alert on a looming transportation crisis, driven in part by the law that ordered the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to send $450 million a year to PennDOT.

The Southeast Partnership for Mobility, which includes the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA), the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and PennDOT, weighed in with a report labeling the state’s transportation funding system unsustainable.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers attempt to head off transportation funding problems

Nicole Brambila | Thursday, March 21, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

A state lawmaker announced Wednesday that she would lead the effort to address Pennsylvania’s looming transportation crisis and the possible $50 million annual revenue loss for the next three decades.

Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee Chair Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, said during a press conference at the capitol that the funding challenges threaten public transportation. She specifically mentioned the pending litigation against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike to raise tolls 6 percent again in January

Ed Blazina | Tuesday, July 3, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the state Turnpike Commission’s decision Tuesday to raise tolls for the 11th year in a row highlights a fundamental mistake the state made more than 10 years ago.

Beginning Jan. 6, the most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.30 to $1.38 for E-ZPass customers; from $2.10 to $2.25 for cash customers; and from $6.75 to $7.20 for Toll By Plate. For Class-5 tractor-trailer trucks, the fee for the most common tolls will increase from $3.45 to $3.66 for E-ZPass and from $15.35 to $16.30 for cash.

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