May 23, 2007 9:15 AM, EDT

Pa. Trucking Group Says Plan to Lease Turnpike Unpopular

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The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association reiterated its opposition to a plan to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike, saying that a state report was limited in scope.

“Even with the new financial report, Pennsylvania truckers do not believe that the numbers add up for the governor's turnpike-leasing plan,” PMTA said in a statement.

“The report had a very limited scope and it incorrectly assumes the status quo.”

A poll by the group last month showed that about two-thirds of the state’s voters are against leasing the turnpike, and 60% indicated that leasing the Turnpike was a bad idea.

If the road is privatized, taxpayers “will be left holding the bag for what amounts to a loan — and will be paying either higher personal taxes or higher tolls or both,” PMTA said.

Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said late last year the state was considering leasing the road to private groups.