Some Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers want to prohibit tolling of Route 422 and other existing highways without a vote in the state Legislature.
"Our message is simple and it's that voters should have a say in the tolls they pay," said Pa. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery Co. "Unelected bureaucrats should not be making decisions about whether or not a road will be tolled in Pennsylvania. That’s a decision that should be made by the people through their elected state representatives and senators."
Vereb's legislation – House Bill 1780 – would require approval by the Pennsylvania General Assembly before any existing public roadway built using federal or state money could be turned into a toll road.
Vereb is joined in support of his bill by Pa. Rep. John Rafferty and Pa. Rep. David Maloney, both of whom represent Berks County, and Pa. Rep. Marcy Toepel, of Montgomery County.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) announced a plan in 2011 to levy a $2.65 one-way toll on Route 422 between Amity Twp., Berks Co., and Valley Forge in Montgomery County.
"The people of our area already paid and continue to pay state and federal taxes to build and maintain Route 422," Vereb said. "They should not have to pay tolls on top of that."
Vereb’s bill has been referred to the House Transportation Committee for further consideration.