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Turnpike Leasing – Pissing Off The Right People

I suspect the Governor may be doing right when I see things like this:

Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell’s initiative to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike was instantly panned by the state Turnpike Authority and union workers who operate toll booths on that road. A majority of New Jersey residents oppose Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine’s idea to lease the Garden State Parkway to cut the state’s debt or lower property taxes, according to a January poll.

People from New Jersey, the Turnpike Commission and the toll workers unions are against it?  Sounds like it might be worth a try if you ask me.  Personally, I’d rather just rip the damned tolls up entirely, but I’m willing to give leasing a try for a bit.  They certainly would have a hard time doing a worse job of maintaining the Turnpike than the Turnpike Commission currently does.

One Response to “Turnpike Leasing – Pissing Off The Right People”

  1. Jeff says:

    Yeah… Just wait, it’ll be a horrible mess, 1st all the toll road employees will get fired, then all the tolls wil double after the 1st year. I’d also not be suprised to see them using about half the number of toll booths that they are using now so that they can cut costs. (Who cares if there are backups? they still collect the same amount of $$)

    It happened to the Chicago Skyway about 5 years or so ago and the indiana toll road just did it last year. Not good.

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