LANCASTER, Pa., February 22, 2022 — Last week, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, Saxton & Stump attorneys Mike Traxler and Katy Landis, filed an amicus curiae brief in the case of South Fayette Township, Bridgeville Borough, and Collier Township v. PennDOT, Public Private Transportation Partnership Board (P3 Board) and Secretary Yassmin Gramian, P.E. pending in the Commonwealth Court. The petitioners are three townships opposed to a bridge tolling initiative that would toll nine bridges across the Commonwealth, including the I-79 bridge in Bridgeville, just south of Pittsburgh.
The lawsuit alleges that the P3 Board did not follow their own decision-making procedures when moving forward with the plan to enact tolls. The case was filed on November 11, 2021. Berks County has also filed an amicus brief, as it is home to the I-79 Lenhartsville Bridge, another bridge slated for tolls.
PMTA’s amicus brief describes the negative impact of tolling on the trucking industry, the inefficiencies of tolling as a revenue generator, and the larger issues of prioritization of transportation funds and the General Assembly’s previous rejection of the proposal.
PMTA seeks to advocate for and strengthen Pennsylvania’s trucking industry and Saxton & Stump proudly serves as general counsel and board members to the PMTA. Saxton & Stump’s Trucking and Commercial Transportation team is dedicated to educating business owners and operators on legal matters and regulatory changes that impact them and provide strategic solutions to help them reach their business goals.