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Video: Local Republican Representatives Speak Out on Tolls

They are not in favor of what's being called the "Hoeffel Tolling Plan" by Republicans.

A press conference was held today by local state House Republicans regarding a plan to toll Route 422. 

The press conference was held in the 422 Business Center in Oaks, adjacent to the expressway. Reps. Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery), David Maloney (R-Berks), Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) and Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) all spoke out against what Vereb called the "Hoeffel Tolling Plan."

At a presentation Monday, Joseph Hoeffel, a Montgomery County Commissioner and the head of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, helped present the proposal to the Governor's Transportation Funding Commission. 

Watch the attached video to see what the state House Republicans from local districts had to say on the tolling issue. The plan would impose a $2.65 one-way toll on the roadway from Douglassville to Route 202.

Dharma June 10, 2011 at 07:13 PM
I just read a post at codebluepulse.blogspot.com it is well worth the read. The solution proposed by the author, Jeff Leflar is sensible and do-able. Have a look and see what you think.
Tom Thunstrom June 10, 2011 at 07:48 PM
There's a few problems with simply throwing down some overhead wires on the BNSF line. For instance, many 422 commuters work in jobs that are generally in KOP, Main Line, and in areas where existing rail infrastructure does not exist. It's not convenient to ride the train from Royersford to Berwyn or Wayne given the rail grid. The idea of tolling 422 without using the PTC as the administrative arm is somewhat short-sighted -- it's another bureaucratic agency that is being developed and tasked to manage money. Is that the wisest use of funds? We all know the commute sucks but to be honest, there are bridges and roads throughout the region that are failing miserably (just look at the one in our backyard). I'd rather see a gas tax hike or a sales tax hike with those monies earmarked to transportation. This way the state is paying to repair what is a statewide problem. Once those monies are used on repair, then let's address traffic issues throughout the state with the leftover cash. Instead of penalizing regional residents for using a highway that was designed with the intent of siphoning traffic off of Ridge Pike, it's better to tax us for driving anywhere...regardless of route and destination. In the end, tolling 422 likely dumps a percentage of traffic into Ridge Pike, Germantown Pike, and Route 724. Do we need to address the transportation and road issues in this state? Absolutely. It's more than just Route 422.
Tom Thunstrom June 10, 2011 at 07:56 PM
RE: Dharma...a 3rd lane that's "toll only" would be a good idea. Minneapolis does this with one of their highways and it works relatively well. If folks want to use it they pay a sliding toll based on congestion and time of day (more expensive in the morning, cheaper at night and on weekends).
Edvard Roperkov June 10, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Everybody wants to drive their gas-guzzling road hog of an SUV down 422, one person to a car, and not expect to pay anything for it. Sorry folks, but lifestyle changes need to be made. I see everybody screaming about tolls and traffic, but nobody ever seems willing to make actual sacrifices to change it. Guess what, we're reaching peak oil, and if you think tolls are outrageous, wait a few years to see what your gas bill is going to look like. So while you all hollar and moan about paying a couple buck to drive down the road, I think the politicians should take some of those millions and make more bike lanes and widen some roads for those of us who actually want to be part of the solution, rather than the problem.
Paul G. Celentano June 11, 2011 at 02:34 AM
In no particular order, the top 10 reasons not to toll 422: 1) Bike lanes don't work in the snow. We can't all ride bikes. I can't take a shower after a 30 mile commute to the office. 2) I bought my GEO Metro to save money so please don't make me pay tolls. (4 cylinders bad, 3 cylinders better - GEO Orwell). 3) Service vehicles and trucks etc. will pass the toll charges along to their customers. 4) You can't tax your way into prosperity. 5) "It's the economy, stupid." 6) Grow the economy with production (that's production, not construction) and there will be enough money for construction. 7) There's no reason on this green earth why a rail system can't be financially self sustaining. 8) Most people would rather ride a train than stare at tailights especially in this high tech age of mobile communication devices in which term "telecommuting" takes on a whole new meaning. 9) This is a multifaceted problem that needs several solutions (rail, "bypass lanes," regional carpooling supported by parking lots and social networks, etc.) and tolls will create more problems than solutions (most traffic jams on toll roads are at the toll booths). 10) Making broad all-inclusive generalizations about people because you don't like the kind of car they drive is indicative of weak thinking. I want to thank the representatives at the press conference held on Thursday, June 9th, for speaking out against tolling 422.

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