PennDOT exploring options to raise money including using GPS to track, tax road usage

PennDOT officials are exploring new ways to raise money to offset the agency’s losses made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.

Channel 11 told you about plans to expand tolls on certain bridges around the state.

In addition to that, other options PennDOT is considering are:

Spot tolling: collecting fees from drivers passing through a specific location such as a tunnel or bridge.

Managed lanes: additional lanes on a highway where traffic can be regulated by charging a toll. This gives drivers the option of paying a fee, carpooling or using the regular lanes.

Rush hour pricing: users are charged based on the congestion of the highway
Corridor tolling: similar to what is in place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Road user charges: uses GPS technology to track the number of miles you drive wherein drivers would face a small fee for each mile they drive during the year

Fee & tax increases: increasing vehicle-related fees and/or increasing various taxes, except for the gas tax