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PennDOT Pathways: Next Steps

Next Steps

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The PennDOT Pathways PEL study has been completed and published. Read the full study and learn more about its findings.

Environmental studies and analyses have been undertaken to evaluate the environmental impacts of tolling within the individual National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes for those projects. PennDOT will continue to evaluate potential projects for funding through bridge tolling, managed lanes, and congestion pricing and will move forward with an examination of other long-term funding solutions through additional studies and outreach efforts. These future, longer-term efforts may be evaluated via a supplement to this PEL Study or be conducted as stand-alone studies.

PennDOT Pathways

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

Congestion Pricing

Corridor Tolling

Mileage-Based User Fees

Fee & Tax Increase

Future Initiatives

Future initiatives will include alternative funding approaches identified for implementation as recommended in the Planning and Environmental Linkages Study.

Potential Near-Term Solution

Managed Lanes

Bridge Tolling

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**
  • Engineering
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition
  • Permits
  • Utilities
  • Geotech
  • Gantry Design
  • Diversion Route Analysis
  • Mitigation
  • Traffic and Revenue Analysis
  • Determine the specific toll rate for each bridge 

*National Environmental Policy Act required public involvement

**Required Planning Study Public Involvement