Benninghoff Co-sponsors Legislation to Eliminate Turnpike Commission

Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation in the state House that would eliminate the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC).   

Under the bill, all operational, maintenance, construction and reconstruction powers and duties currently administered by the PTC would be transferred to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). 

“Our state is facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit,” Benninghoff said.  “In these tough times, it simply makes no sense to have two separate organizations taking care of Pennsylvania’s roadways.” 

The legislation – House Bill 76 – is being introduced by Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver).  Benninghoff signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill, which would establish a new Bureaus of Toll Administration within PennDOT.  The new bureau would take over many of the responsibilities currently handled by the PTC. 

The PTC’s ability to issue and pay bonds would be transferred to the State Treasurer’s Office. 

Benninghoff said he became a strong supporter of the bill after hearing statistics suggesting that the Turnpike Commission employs one executive manager for every 60 miles of roadway.  PennDOT, by comparison, employs one executive manager for every 5,800 miles of roadway. 

“The Turnpike Commission is too expensive and inefficient,” Benninghoff said.  “Government has a responsibility to provide constituents with the best services at the lowest possible prices.  The Commonwealth will be better equipped to do that if it eliminates the Turnpike Commission.  This bill would benefit Pennsylvania drivers and taxpayers.” 

State Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Dan Massing

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