PennDOT secretary defends transportation funding

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 4, 2013 5:06 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The head of PennDOT says he's not surprised some people aren't happy about the billions of dollars in higher fees and taxes to fund transportation needs but says others are voicing their support.

Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says he didn't expect people to celebrate over higher gas taxes and motorist fees.

But he's also hearing from those who believe the cost of doing nothing would have been greater. Schoch says talk of promising special projects to get the bill passed is ``comical'' because a decade's worth of needs is laid out on the department's website.

He says the near-term focus will be on bridges, safety and increasing mobility.

Decisions about raising speed limits from 65 to 70 mph may be made this spring.

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