PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Senate will vote this week on a transportation bill.
Senate Bill 1 will provide for repairs and resurfacing on the roads and highways and also for expansion projects.
The state will need to find more funding for transportation this year, otherwise an estimated 1,500 bridges will need to post a weight limit. Weight limits are only one of the consequences of inadequate funding.
Senate Bill 1, if passed, will increase the tax on gasoline wholesalers, which could raise the prices at the pumps. If fully implemented a typical driver could spend $3 a week. Secretary of Transportation, Barry Schoch noted in a speech today in Monroeville that transportation taxes and fees haven’t been raised since 1997.
Mike Pintek was highly concerned with the surcharge of adding $100 on top of any driving ticket. He is frustrated that all of the “safety” additions to the road, don’t protect the driver but really just bring money to pay checks.