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District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Applauds I-80 Toll Rejection, Supports Call for Special Legislative Session
4/8/2010

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today applauded the decision by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), rejecting Pennsylvania’s application to place tolls on Interstate 80. 

“The plan to toll I-80 was ill-conceived from the start, and the time, effort, energy and expense spent on trying to convince the FHWA that I-80 should be tolled has only delayed the conception and implementation of policies that can actually address the transportation funding and infrastructure problems faced by Pennsylvania,” said Everett. “I still find it hard to believe that the ‘transportation experts’ in the Rendell administration did not look at the federal requirements for tolling an interstate highway prior to proposing tolling I-80 as a part of Act 44.  It was obvious to anyone who actually read the regulations that I-80 would never meet the criteria. The entire saga was a huge fiasco. This mistaken effort to ‘fit a round peg in a square hole’ on tolling I-80 was repeated three times. It is now time for common-sense approaches to our transportation problems, and I am prepared to go to work on those right now.” 

Everett said the call for a special session of the Legislature to deal strictly with transportation is the right thing to do. 

“I support the governor’s call for a special session, and I am prepared to go back to Harrisburg as soon as possible and stay there as long as necessary,” said Everett. “The time has come to focus on realistic solutions.”  

Everett says that there are responsible ideas that must be put into effect, including;

  • The implementation of public-private partnerships.
  • The abolition of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
  • Creating regional responsibility for the funding of mass transit systems.
  • Moving toward a system which allocates the cost of building and maintaining highways and mass transit systems across the Commonwealth to the actual users of those highways and systems. 

“We must have a bipartisan effort to bring new ideas to the table that will share the cost burden fairly and benefit everyone involved, not just certain sections of the Commonwealth,” said Everett. “We certainly cannot afford to make another near-fatal error in crafting public policy on funding that does not exist, as was the case with the I-80 fiasco.” 

“We need to begin with a clean slate and put all of our options on the table. If we start by saying you can’t touch this and you can’t do that, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past and not address the real, underlying problems.” 

Everett said the ill-fated Act 44 transportation plan has to be replaced with a realistic approach that takes both short-term and long-term needs into consideration. 

Rep. Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(570) 546-2084
(717) 787-5270
Contact:  Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
(717) 705-1834
Member Site: 
RepEverett.com
Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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