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Auditor slams Pa. Turnpike for employee passes

Published: Mon, December 10, 2012 @ 5:45 p.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state auditor general says the Pennsylvania Turnpike should end the practice of letting its employees and vendors drive on the toll road for free when they’re not working.

Auditor General Jack Wagner said today he estimates the free-pass policy cost the state at least $7.7 million in lost collections over nearly five years. It’s not clear how much of that is personal travel and how much is work-related.

He calls the practice disturbing and is urging turnpike executives to stop it, or at least improve oversight. Wagner plans to issue a report on the subject later this month.

A turnpike spokesman says Wagner’s report is under review.


1paulydel(1607 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

They should get to ride free. Its no different than an employee that works in a retail store getting a discount.

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2republicanRick(1731 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Put in all EZPASS automated system, layoff all the toll takers, and put all that new found money into maintenance of the roadway.

All automation is coming soon to the turnpikes. It may take 5 years but it's coming.

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3NilesOhio(995 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@putter22 - Other than kicking a kitten, I agree with you.

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