Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gov. Corbett, Mia Private Partners Won't Fix Old Roads and Bridges

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gov. Corbett, Mia Private Partners Won't Fix Old Roads and Bridges

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Gov. Tom Corbett and other officials gathered in New Kensington last week to celebrate a new state law that authorizes public- private partnerships to improve transportation facilities. This step could prove to be a cost-effective means of adding new roadways and bringing in new revenue, if there's sufficient interest from the private sector.

At this stage, "if" is the key word. If a company wants to build new lanes for the Parkway East and collect tolls from drivers who use it ... If a firm wants to build a bridge connecting the Pitcairn Railroad Yards to the turnpike ... If the private sector doesn't expect too much in the way of contributions from taxpayers ... Any cost estimates associated with public-private partnerships are pure conjecture.

Mr. Corbett himself noted that the real impact depends on what happens next. Let's hope the so-called P3s prove to be both useful and fruitful. But right now, Pennsylvania needs to find some real dollars -- and soon -- to repair crumbling roadways, deficient bridges and failing mass transit systems. …

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