PennDOT Pathways: Next Steps
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To support PennDOT Pathways, an alternative funding Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study is underway to identify near- and long-term funding solutions and establish a methodology for their evaluation. One of the early findings of the PEL study is that bridge tolling of major bridges in need of replacement or rehabilitation could be a viable near-term solution. To advance this funding alternative, PennDOT is simultaneously pursuing the first initiative of the PennDOT Pathways Program: The Major Bridge P3 Initiative.
A long-term program to analyze and implement new future-focused sources of funding for our transportation system that could better serve our communities and all Pennsylvanians for the next generation.
Planning and Environmental Linkages Study
A study evaluating potential funding solutions to support the PennDOT Pathways Program and identifying which ones could be used in the near- and long-term to help build stable and dedicated transportation funding for Pennsylvania.
Potential Mid/Long Term Solutions
Road User Charges
Fee & Tax Increase
Future initiatives will include alternative funding approaches identified for implementation as recommended in the Planning and Environmental Linkages Study.
Potential Near-Term Solution
Planning and Environmental Linkages Study provides methodologies for Environmental Justice, Diversion Route Analysis, and Mitigation. Both options require, and Bridge Tolling has, P3 board approval.
Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership Initiative
Initiative to toll major bridges in need of replacement or rehabilitation. Major bridge tolling can be implemented in the next 2 to 4 years to address today's funding gap. The ability to toll requires the use of a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contracting method, authorized by the P3 Board to make this a viable alternative funding option — a tool in our toolbox. Each bridge project advances on its own schedule through:
- National Environmental Policy Act*
- Public Involvement**
- Right-of-Way Acquisition
- Gantry Design
- Diversion Route Analysis
*National Environmental Policy Act required public involvement
**Required Planning Study Public Involvement