Governor Tom Corbett Monday signed into law the measure his office called the “most comprehensive piece of state transportation legislation in decades.”
The plan is aimed as a way to invest more than $2.3 billion by its fifth year into Pennsylvania’s roads, bridges and mass transit systems.
The legislation is expected to lead to incremental hikes in the state’s gasoline tax totaling about 28 cents per gallon over five years, but it eliminates the current flat 12-cent gas tax. Fees for drivers licenses and motor vehicle registrations will climb – also in increments.
Radio PA News reports the measure also allows for increases to 70 miles per hour for the speed limit on some parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, although studies will be required to determine just which stretches will be designated for the higher speed.
In signing the legislation, Corbett called the measure “an investment in the safety of our citizens and the progress of our economy.”