HARRISBURG – Members of the state Senate Transportation Committee grilled PA Turnpike officials over their efforts to collect unpaid tolls that amounted to over $104 million last year. A hearing was prompted by an Associated Press report last week regarding some 11 million rides that generated no revenue for the debt-ridden agency. Committee Chairman, Bedford County Sen. Wayne Langerholc says the loss is huge. Another committee member, Lackawanna County Sen. Marty Flynn was disturbed by the amount of tolls not recovered. Turnpike Chief Executive Mark Compton told committee members that the agency takes the issue “very seriously” and is working to lower the amount of “leakage,” which is an industry term for free rides. Another senator calls the $104 million figure “just unacceptable.” A follow-up hearing is planned, perhaps as soon as next week.

SEN. MARTY FLYNN

SEN. WAYNE LANGERHOLC