A bipartisan commission in Pennsylvania has recommended the
state privatize its east-west turnpike.
The Transportation Funding and Reform Commission has
recommended to the state legislature that Pennsylvania enter public-private
partnerships with investors to turn the 531-mile turnpike into a privately
funded and maintained highway.
A state transportation official also says Pennsylvania may
explore turning Interstate 80 into a toll road, but that would require federal
I-80 is about 130 miles shorter than the turnpike. Both
connect New Jersey with Ohio.
The state legislature is due to complete its session Nov.
30. Reuters has reported that the issue of privatization isn't likely to
be resolved in the legislature until next session, which begins in January