Transportation Nominee Officially Declares I-80 Tolling Proposal Dead

(HARRISBURG) – Governor Tom Corbett’s nominee to be the state Transportation Secretary publicly declared any current proposal to toll I-80 under Act 44 dead during questioning yesterday at his Senate Transportation Committee confirmation hearing.  Barry Schoch of Camp Hill was questioned by Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) on whether the new Administration intended to pursue the tolling proposal forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration during the Administration of Governor Ed Rendell.

“I was pleased that Mr. Schoch unequivocally stated that the federal government’s rejection of the application puts an end to this proposal,” said Senator Gordner.  “The federal law does not allow the tolling of Interstates to fund other highway projects or mass transportation.”

Senator Gordner said he was also pleased to hear the incoming Secretary pledge greater oversight of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which he will join as a member in his role as head of the Department of Transportation.

“Mr. Schoch’s experience in transportation is unquestioned and my only concerns with his nomination were his views on Interstate tolling and Turnpike issues,” said Senator Gordner.  “Having thoroughly discussed these matters with Mr. Schoch in my office and then placing him on the record during the confirmation hearing, I was pleased to join my fellow members of the Transportation Committee to unanimously recommend his confirmation.”

The full Senate is expected to vote on the nomination in the near future.