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PA panel seeks ideas for privatization of traveler info

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 9, 2013 3:06 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A statewide panel wants ideas from private companies interested in managing and operating Pennsylvania's traveler-information systems now run by the state.

The Pennsylvania Public-Private Transportation Partnership board has given the Transportation Department and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission the green light to solicit proposals.

It could lead to the privatization of PennDOT's 511PA system, which provides warnings of traffic delays, weather forecasts and other key information about major highways. The Turnpike Roadway Information Program provides similar updates for turnpike travelers.

State Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says the panel is looking to the private sector for technological innovation to improve the services while saving taxpayers' money.

PennDOT spokesman Steve Chizmar says there is no firm timeline, but that the review of proposals could take about a year.

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