Pennsylvania Turnpike http://wesa.fm en Pennsylvania Cautiously Boosts Speed Limit http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-cautiously-boosts-speed-limit <p>The Pennsylvania Turnpike, like a young driver, has a history of suddenly speeding up and slowing down.</p><p>In the 1940’s, the speed limit was 70, which was dropped to 65 during World War II. It shot back up to 70 in the 1950’s but the gas shortage of the late 1970’s led the speed limit to be cut all the way down to 55 mph.</p><p>Now, the speed limit is 65 and will soon be boosted to 70 on interstate roads, following a trial period on carefully chosen roads, including a section of the turnpike between Blue Mountain exit 201, and Morgantown exit 298.</p><p>With a speed limit of 70 mph already in Ohio and West Virginia, is it about time for PA to match up with neighboring states? Renee Vid Colborn, Manager of Media and Public Relations at the PA Turnpike Commission and State Senator Jay Costa addressed the pros and cons of an increased speed limit for area highways. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:56:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33415 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Cautiously Boosts Speed Limit Commission OKs Another Boost In PA Turnpike Tolls http://wesa.fm/post/commission-oks-another-boost-pa-turnpike-tolls <p>Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up for the seventh straight year.<br /><br />The turnpike commission Tuesday approved a 5 percent increase that will take effect in January.<br /><br />Officials say the increase will be applied evenly to cash and electronic E-ZPass tolls — marking the first time in three years that cash tolls are not subject to a steeper increase.<br /><br />About three out of four turnpike drivers now use E-ZPass.<br /> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:12:58 +0000 The Associated Press 31103 at http://wesa.fm Grab an Ice Cream (Or a Flight) and a Charge http://wesa.fm/post/grab-ice-cream-or-flight-and-charge <p>Car charging stations are popping up like spring flowers this Earth Day.&nbsp;</p><p>The Pennsylvania Turnpike officially unveiled its charging stations Monday and Pittsburgh International Airport followed suit Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>The chargers on the Turnpike were installed this year at a pair of service plazas; Bowmansville Service Plaza in Lancaster County located eastbound at milepost 290 and King of Prussia in Montgomery County, located westbound at milepost 328.&nbsp;</p><p>It took the cooperation of two government agencies and a private corporation to get the stations installed.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:04:33 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 27988 at http://wesa.fm Judge Sends 6 PA Turnpike Defendants to Trial http://wesa.fm/post/judge-sends-6-pa-turnpike-defendants-trial <p>A judge says he is sending a case alleging corruption in Pennsylvania Turnpike business to county court for trial.<br><br>District Judge William Wenner ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had presented enough evidence to warrant a jury trial. He ruled following four hours of closing arguments in the preliminary hearing against former Sen. Bob Mellow and five other defendants.<br> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:09:20 +0000 The Associated Press 13227 at http://wesa.fm PennDOT and PA Turnpike Commission Release Survey http://wesa.fm/post/penndot-and-pa-turnpike-commission-release-survey <p>More than 190 million vehicles travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike each year — about 520,000 a day.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have worked to make that drive as easy as possible, and now they are asking for your help.</p><p>PennDOT and the commission have released a survey looking for travelers’ opinions on the services the agencies provide.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:12:25 +0000 Jessica Nath 13143 at http://wesa.fm State AG: Culture of Corruption 'Won’t Ever Be Eliminated' http://wesa.fm/post/state-ag-culture-corruption-won-t-ever-be-eliminated <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane doesn’t believe it’s possible to rid the state of corruption, but her office is working to set an example to public officials through prosecution. &nbsp;</p><p>In an interview today with 90.5 WESA's&nbsp;<a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-attorney-general-kathleen-kane">&nbsp;Essential Pittsburgh</a> program, Kane discussed the scandal in the Turnpike Commission.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:38:29 +0000 Tim Camerato & Essential Pittsburgh 8100 at http://wesa.fm New House Bill Proposes Reassignment Of Turnpike Operation http://wesa.fm/post/new-house-bill-proposes-reassignment-turnpike-operation-0 <p>While it wouldn’t happen in the near future, a new bill could put the Pennsylvania Turnpike into new hands.</p><p>State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) has introduced legislation to abolish the Turnpike Commission and turn over operation of the toll road to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2013&amp;sind=0&amp;body=H&amp;type=B&amp;bn=1197"><u>bill</u></a> comes in response to the 44-month grand jury investigation that culminated in charges in March against eight individuals.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:11:21 +0000 Jared Adkins 8039 at http://wesa.fm Eight Charged in T-Pike "Pay to Play" Scandal http://wesa.fm/post/eight-charged-t-pike-pay-play-scandal <footer class="byline"><div class="field-item even">Eight people are being charged for their alleged involvement in what the state attorney general is calling a “pay to play” scheme at the Pennsylvania Turnpike&nbsp;Commission.</div></footer><p>Attorney General Kathleen Kane said a grand jury investigation, which began in 2009 after public complaints, found that the Turnpike Commission has been awash with improper&nbsp;influence.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:06:34 +0000 Mary Wilson & 90.5 WESA Staff 2945 at http://wesa.fm