Turnpike Wheeling and Dealing
The Turnpike Commission may have gotten enough House votes for their borrowing and tolling plan by promising to build to Mon-Fayette Expressway, Debra Erdley reports in the Tribune-Review.
A few months back the Turnpike Comission decided they didn’t have enough money to finish and the project wasn’t worthwhile. But hey, what’s a few million to satisfy political demands?
As I pointed out several months ago, diverting funding politcally selected projects and earmarks are part of why we have a “funding crisis” in the first place.
Interstingly, there is still interest among private firms in entering into a Public Private Partnership to build the Mon-Fayette Expressway, so there is some hope we can start moving towards the emerging paradigm for transportation funding.