Pennsylvania Turnpike

Key state lawmakers to focus on latest transportation funding woes

March 24, 2019 - 4:00 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Key state lawmakers say they are aware that the state’s funding streams for transportation are once again posing a serious problem and say they have begun focusing on them.

By law, the Turnpike borrows $450 million a year for mass transit.

That has contributed greatly to what the state auditor general this past week warned is an unsustainable Turnpike debt load approaching $12 billion.

If the state loses a lawsuit over the mass transit funding scheme, things could get even worse.

A day before the auditor general released his latest Turnpike audit, Republican Kim Ward, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, announced the formation of work groups to explore solutions to the state’s transportation funding woes.

“Regardless of what the outcome of the court case is, we still need to address these issues,” she said.

And Ward, who was joined by other ranking members of the state House and Senate Transportation Committees, says it’s obvious that stakeholders need to move quickly.