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Supreme Court rejects truckers’ Turnpike tolls appeal

January 29, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal by an independent truck owner group that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission shouldn’t be allowed to collect tolls for non-turnpike costs.

The association claimed the turnpike overcharged for tolls because it has been required to give $450 million a year to the state Department of Transportation to help pay for public transportation services.  The truckers contended the payments were illegal.

In declining to hear the case, the court upheld lower federal court decisions. The payments will be reduced to $50 million annually beginning in 2023, and lawmakers are considering alternative funding sources for transit agencies.

You can read a news account of the court’s decision at this link.

 

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