Pennsylvania Solicits Pike Privatization Proposals

Staff | September 28, 2010

Governor Edward G. Rendell and Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Al Biehler, P.E., announced December 6 that the Commonwealth will solicit expressions of interest from private firms to determine the potential value of leasing or privatizing the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the pluses and minuses of doing so. As part of the request for expressions of interest issued through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, private firms must describe what steps could be taken to protect the public from excessive toll increases, as well as ways to protect turnpike users and employees. This is not a formal procurement process because no decision to seriously pursue the idea has been made. Firms interested in advising the commonwealth on the benefits and drawbacks of this approach were instructed to send submissions to PennDOT by Dec. 22, 2006.