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Gabler Praises Federal Ruling against Imposing Tolls on I-80

Freshman legislator says decision allows region to “breathe again” 

State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) today issued the following statement upon learning of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) rejection of the latest Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission application to toll Interstate 80: 

“Today’s decision by the federal government to keep Interstate 80 toll-free is a huge victory for the residents of our area. This issue has been a major focus of my first year in office, because I know the economy of our region depends on that highway.  Nearly everything we buy and sell travels on that road.  The defeat of the tolling plan will surely mean a more positive job outlook all along the I-80 corridor. 

“In late December, I traveled with a group of state legislators to Washington D.C. at a point in time when we feared that an approval of tolls on I-80 was imminent. In appearing before the FHWA, I stressed Act 44’s failure to adhere to federal law because it explicitly employed toll revenue to support mass transit in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  

“Our testimony included comments from local business leaders who spoke to us of the detrimental effects tolls would have on their livelihood and the regional economy, and local residents, wary of the impact on their neighborhood roads from traffic looking to avoid tolls. Just as we attempted to passionately convey these messages to federal officials, we are in turn happy to report the FHWA’s concurrence with the views of the many citizens who knew of the harm tolling would have on those who live and work in the I-80 corridor.  I would like to praise the Federal Highway Administration for following the letter of the law in this case. 

“As it is in baseball, where three strikes end a player’s at-bat, this third failed attempt at tolling Interstate 80 should bring an end to the senseless waste of taxpayer resources that has been poured into the two previous endeavors. The millions of dollars in legal, engineering and consulting fees from prior applications can be replaced over time by the millions of dollars in economic development our region may realize, now that the shadow of I-80 tolling which stunted growth in our area has hopefully been removed.  

“To that end, I will further push to ensure that another application is not pursued.  Moving forward, I hope we can instead pursue common sense answers to Pennsylvania’s transportation and infrastructure needs.”  

Rep. Matt Gabler
75th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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