Pennsylvania

PennDOT shows funding plan it had kept from public

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has released a website to the public that compares competing plans to spend billions of dollars in new transportation money, three days after The Associated Press reported it had limited the information to just lawmakers.

The department made it public Friday. That's more than two weeks after lawmakers got access to a password-protected website showing projects it expects to complete with the new money. It had refused numerous AP requests for the same information over that period.

PennDOT's website shows highway and bridge projects that would be completed under two plans: a $2.5 billion-a-year Senate plan the House is considering and a $1.8 billion-a-year plan that Gov. Tom Corbett advocates.

"This tool allows the public to see how the state, their region or local area of interest would benefit from the raised level of investment," said Barry Schoch, PennDOT secretary.

Most of the money for the increased investment would be raised by increasing wholesale gas taxes.


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