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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 22, 2019 12:24 PM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Port Freight Reimbursement program

In the near future, I plan to introduce a companion bill to Representative Solomon’s HB 905. This legislation aims to reimburse Pennsylvania based companies for their tolls when transporting goods to and from Pennsylvania port facilities along the Turnpike.

Due to tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike – and the lack of tolls on highways like I-80 and I-83 – our port facilities are losing market share to New York/New Jersey and Baltimore. As a result, Pennsylvania and its taxpayers are essentially subsidizing the Ports of Baltimore and New York/New Jersey. Companies need to use PhilaPort but are having to pay hundreds of dollars in tolls each run to and from the port.

Ultimately, these losses in activity or increases in costs all translate to a negative impact on our Commonwealth’s businesses, the people who work there, and the communities they support.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation and help take the burden off Pennsylvania companies as they conduct business throughout the Commonwealth.

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Introduced as SB612