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NE Ohio group opposes Kasich plan to sell, lease Ohio Turnpike



Published: Sun, May 15, 2011 @ 10:27 a.m.

Associated Press

CLEVELAND

Officials on a five-county planning body in northeast Ohio have come out against Gov. John Kasich’s idea to lease or sell the Ohio Turnpike.

Board members of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency voted Friday to oppose the idea of leasing the 241-mile toll road across northern Ohio, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported.

The board includes mayors, county commissioner and engineers from Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Lake and Geauga counties. The agency performs transportation planning, as defined by federal and Ohio mandates, among other related duties.

A resolution by the board says turning over the turnpike to private operator would lead to higher tolls and less upkeep. The board believes a deal would also lead toll-dodging drivers to take alternative routes, making those roads less safe and more costly to maintain.


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1VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If Kasick does what Mitch Daniels did in Indiana by leasing it off to Spanish Cintra-Macquarie...sounds "cash quick" but businesses, trucking, and commuter's travel are affected and later on will suffer the consequences. BIG TIME. This needs to be put into perspective for the LONG HAUL! This is a band-aid to cover a large wound that will abcess to infection.

http://www.alltolled.com/indianatollr...

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If selling off turnpike is profitable for a company, why would it not be profitable for the state? All it does is kasick uses one time money to show he balances the budget. One time money is not the way to budget.

http://swampbubbles.com/blogs/wolfman...

Price increase is 10% for cars on Indiana toll.
http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/new...

This is not the ticket for the future.

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3madasheck(64 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I am sure the Turnpike Commision makes a profit. Please Mr Kasich, Why not lease one of the government agencies that is losing money first?

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