Pa. lawmaker wants license plate stickers reinstated, saying state loses millions without them

By: Pennlive.com

Some Pennsylvania lawmakers don’t want new bridge tolls to help fund PennDOT projects, but one lawmaker thinks some old technology could help the funding woes — license plate registration stickers.

PennDOT stopped issuing the registration expiration stickers in January 2017 to save money. The department estimated the move would save $3.1 million in the first year of not printing and mailing out the stickers.

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Tolls considered for I-83 bridge in Harrisburg; opponents call it ‘a new tax’

By: Jan Murphy

Crossing theI-83 South Bridge in Harrisburg could begin to cost motorists around a dollar or two in each direction, unless they choose to find another way to cross the Susquehanna River.

That 61-year-old bridge, sometimes referred to as the John Harris Bridge, is on the list of nine spans that the state Department of Transportation has identified as candidates to impose new tolls. The goal is to pay for their improvements and finance other road and bridge projects.

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Beyond bridge tolls, PennDOT considering a variety of ways to supplement revenue for road fixes

By: Ed Blazina

Faced with an $8.1 billion annual shortfall in funding for roads and bridges, the state Department of Transportation will work with federal officials to identify new sources of funding.

In addition to last week’s announcement that it will consider tolls on major bridges to fund repairs, PennDOT said Wednesday it will consider items such as rush-hour fees to encourage drivers to use transit systems; tolls to pay for extra lanes to ease congestion; fees to enter particularly busy locations; and systemwide tolling of interstate highways, which would require a change in federal policy.

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