Truckers urged to help shape transportation in Pennsylvania

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 9/24/2013

OOIDA is encouraging truckers to weigh in on Pennsylvania’s long-term transportation plan during an online public meeting Thursday, Sept. 26. The Association is urging members to log in and ask questions about safe and secure truck parking, tolls and highway funding. An open comment period remains in effect through Oct. 7.

The meeting is being held online at 6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. Participants are asked to register at Participants can submit questions in advance or make comments by email to They can also provide input by phone at 1-855-896-4930.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch will field questions and provide updates on transportation issues during the live webcast, which is expected to last about an hour.

According to PennDOT, the state’s 12-year transportation program serves as a blueprint for transportation planning.

OOIDA urges participation so the trucker community is not overlooked.

“Pennsylvania’s highways are critically important to truckers. That’s why it is so important for truckers to weigh in and make sure that PennDOT hears from them, including truckers who don’t call the Keystone State home,” said Ryan Bowley of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Truckers have helped shape policy in the past by waging a successful battle against a plan that would have converted Interstate 80 into a toll road. Although lawmakers scuttled the toll plan, there’s no limit to the number of times a state can submit applications to toll its interstates.

“Priority number one should be giving PennDOT a loud and clear message that they should stop dreaming about adding tolls to I-80,” Bowley said. “Pennsylvania needs a transportation funding solution that does not include adding tolls to interstates or continuing record toll increases on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.”

Safe and secure truck parking should also be on the list of talking points, Bowley said.

“Truckers should urge PennDOT to utilize their new abilities under Jason’s Law to dedicate more funds to safe and secure truck parking,” he said.

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