Matthews, Hoeffel Disagree On Rt 422 Tolls
Matthews says the tolls could cost motorists as much as a $100 a month. He chairs the county commissioners, and Vice Chairman Joe Hoeffel says he thinks raising the gas tax is a better idea, but the Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission will not consider that because Governor Tom Corbett opposes it.
“That commission has been told that they’re not allowed to recommend a gas tax increase. It’s off the table. In light of that, I don’t see an alternative except a local toll. It needs to be considered, aired out, public input taken. The controversy, or course, is right now they’re riding on the road for free even though they’re paying federal and state gas taxes. They’re riding on the road for free and now we’re asking them to pay for it.”
Unlike the Schuylkill Expressway, Hoeffel says Route 422 is fixable. He says it needs a second bridge over the Schuylkill River and a wider roadway. He and Matthews appeared Wednesday on the WNPV talk program Comment Please by Univest.