Stacia ('Stacey') Ritter, a semior state house staffer for several years is the new director of government affairs at the Pennsylvania Turnpike, her appointment being announced today. She moves into a position made vacant by Craig Shuey, when he was promoted to chief operating officer of the Turnpike early this year.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has an online survey for people to register their views about the Turnpike going cashless, or all-electronic. It is part of a larger feasibility study they announced last December when they hired the local engineering firm McCormick Taylor and the national consultants Wilbur Smith Associates to do a comprehensive report on the feasibility an challenges.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is hiking cash tolls 10% effective Jan 1, 2012 but leaving E-ZPass transponder toll rates unchanged. The toll hike is expected to gross an extra $23m in tolls or about 3% apparently taking toll revenues to the range $760m to $775m.
Ronald Kozlowski a tradesman maintenance superintendent in the Pennsylvania Turnpike District 5 on the southern part of the I-476 NE Extension was charged Thursday with seven counts involving misappropriation of goods and services. Kozlowski's stealing was documented by the Turnpike's internal Inspector General's office, spokesman Carl de Febo is saying, and he was fired by the Turnpike.
The evidence was then passed the state attorney general's office which filed the criminal charges.
A Pennsylvania Turnpike engineer Russell Freed was pulled over in his Turnpike vehicle and arrested Tuesday morning by FBI agents on his way to work. He has been charged with extortion.
An FBI investigator says in an affidavit that Freed was getting underage girls to send him naked pictures of themselves, then threatening in emails and mobile phone calls to expose them to parents, friends and classmates if they didn't collaborate further.
Thursday morning in cold damp weather Pennsylvania Turnpike and state and local officials in Chester County had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new interchange (IC320) with state route 29 (PA29). Like most new interchanges the IC320 will have all-electronic tolling (AET). You'll have to have an E-ZPass transponder or you'll pay a substantial premium for an image-based toll in the mail.
Carl DeFebo official spokesman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says that Tuesday March 15 was the official last day for former second-in-charge George Hatalowich. DeFebo says he can't get into specifics on whether Hatalowich resigned or was fired since that is a personnel matter.
Roger E Nutt, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's nominee for CEO of the state Turnpike was formally appointed to the job by the Turnpike Commission at their meeting in Harrisburg today. The 5-person Commission voted unanimously for Nutt's appointment. Nutt, who is 70, was called out of retirement in Florida by Gov Corbett after a long career in state transportation in New Jersey.
George Hatalowich former number two and E-ZPass expert at the Pennsylvania Turnpike was asked by Governor Tom Corbett's office to resign last Thursday, we're told by a source close to the Turnpike. Hatalowich's response was 'No, I'm not resigning.' As a result he is being "terminated" this week, we understand.
A former senior toll executive in New Jersey, Roger E Nutt is apparently Governor Ted Corbett's nominee for chief executive of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Nutt was chief exec of the Garden State Parkway's New Jersey Highway Authority for about six months in 1994 and head of the NJ Turnpike for just under a year 1994/1995. Around the turn of the decade he was project manager for the Brigantine Connector in Atlantic City NJ.