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Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
PA Turnpike Commission logo.svg
Agency overview
FormedMay 31, 1937; 81 years ago (1937-05-31)
Preceding
  • Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike Company
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Headquarters Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Employees2,029 [1]
Annual budget$399.6 million [2]
Agency executives
Website www.paturnpike.com

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) was created in 1937 to construct, finance, operate, and maintain the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The commission consists of five members. Four members are appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania with the fifth member is the Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation. [3]

In addition to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the commission also operates the James E. Ross Highway, Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass, Mon/Fayette Expressway and Pittsburgh's Southern Beltway, the latter two of which are currently under construction. [4] [5]

The PTC is the only transportation agency in Pennsylvania that is not part of PennDOT, though it does follow current PennDOT policies and procedures.[ citation needed] Mark Compton is the current CEO.

Legislation in the Pennsylvania General Assembly is currently pending that would fold the PTC into PennDOT, with PennDOT appointing a Deputy Secretary to run the toll roads in the state. Such a move would be done for efficiency and cost reasons, as well as to cut down on the government bureaucracy. [6]

History

The PTC was established by law on May 21, 1937, when Pennsylvania Governor George Earle signed Act 211 into law. The first commissioners were named on June 4 of the same year. [7]

On April 28, 2010, Governor Ed Rendell proposed that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission be merged into the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. A special session of the state legislature will vote on this issue on May 4. [8] On August 26, 2010, PennDOT told the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that they needed to pay them $118 million for public transit funding provided by Act 44 or PennDOT would have veto power over the Turnpike Commission's decisions. [9]

Highways

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission finances, operates and maintains the following highways:

  • Pennsylvania Turnpike logo.svg I-70.svg I-76.svg I-276.svg I-95.svg The Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline across southern Pennsylvania, signed as Interstates 70, 76, 276 and 95.
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike logo.svg I-476.svg The Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension across eastern Pennsylvania, signed as Interstate 476.
  • I-376.svg The James E. Ross Highway in western Pennsylvania, signed as Interstate 376.
  • Turnpike-66.svg The Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass in western Pennsylvania, signed as Pennsylvania Route 66.
  • Turnpike-43.svg The Mon/Fayette Expressway in western Pennsylvania, signed as Pennsylvania Route 43.
  • Turnpike-576.svg I-576 (Future).svg The Southern Beltway in western Pennsylvania, signed as Pennsylvania Route 576. At some point in the future, the bypass is expected to be signed as Interstate 576.
  • I-80.svg The Keystone Shortway across northern Pennsylvania, signed as Interstate 80, has been leased to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under Act 44 of 2007 for conversion to a future toll road. [10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fiscal Years Ended May 31, 2017 and 2016 With Independent Auditor's Report" (PDF). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 2017. p. 128. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fiscal Years Ended May 31, 2017 and 2016 With Independent Auditor's Report" (PDF). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Turnpike Officials". www.paturnpike.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ Blazina, Ed (26 March 2018). "Turnpike awards $37.8 million contract for next segment of Southern Beltway". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ Blazina, Ed (7 November 2017). "Turnpike moves ahead with final design of Mon-Fayette Expressway". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ Kennedy, Pete (22 July 2012). "'Who does the PTC answer to anyway?'". Malvern, PA Patch. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  7. ^ Kitsko, Jeffery J. "Pennsylvania Highways: Pennsylvania Turnpike". www.pahighways.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  8. ^ Bumsted, Brad (29 April 2010). "Turnpike Commission, PennDOT merger eyed". TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. ^ DiStefano, Joseph N. (26 August 2010). "PennDOT to Turnpike: Pay $118 million or we're taking over". Philly.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  10. ^ "HOUSE BILL 1590 P.N. 2342". www.legis.state.pa.us. 14 July 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2018.