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November 2020

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A Note From Our Chair: Safety, Customer Service and Innovation Drive Our Agency Forward

I am especially pleased to share this edition of The Road Ahead as we head into the holiday season, because much of the information we are sharing reflects our commitment to safety, customer service and innovation. These are pillars of our strategic plan and drive virtually every decision we make at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC). The safe travel of our customers, as well as the safety of employees and business partners, has been — and always will be — our priority...

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Innovation With Automated Truck Platooning Demonstration

The PTC recently participated in a successful automated truck platooning demonstration with two tractor trailers that traveled from Pittsburgh, through Ohio, to Michigan. The demonstration was led by the Smart Belt Coalition (SBC), a collaboration among transportation agencies including the PTC and PennDOT, and educational institutions in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio...

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Expanded Alert System That Helps Protect Safety Patrol Workers

After a successful testing period, the PTC will expand its usage of the HAAS Alert Safety Cloud’s system, which provides real-time notifications to drivers approaching active responders who are en route to, or on the scene of, an incident...

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Act 44 Payments to PennDOT to Resume

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commonwealth agreed to allow the PTC to defer its quarterly Act 44 PennDOT payments of $112 million for July and October due to the significant reduction in traffic and revenue. The commonwealth recently required that the PTC make these deferred payments by the end of January 2021. As a result, commissioners recently approved a bond issue of up to $550 million, which will be sufficient to fund four quarterly Act 44 payments of $112.5 million each through April 2021 and to provide reserves required to support the bonds and provide debt-service relief over the next two years...

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Traffic Volume and Revenue

This is typically the time that holiday travelers would hit the road to join family and friends in celebrations. This year, given the restrictions in many states to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, PTC is projecting a 20 percent downturn in traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday as compared to last year...

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