Learning from PA.'s Failure to Lease Turnpike

Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Paul Nussbaum

03/25/2009 - The Rendell administration's failed effort to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike last year was hampered by unrealistic financial assumptions, a lack of investment planning, and a short-sighted focus on immediate impacts instead of long-term effects, a Washington policy research institute said yesterday.

The Pew Center on the States analyzed Pennsylvania's experience as a primer on how to - and how not to - partner with private companies to operate public highways and other facilities.

Rendell's plan for a 75-year lease of the turnpike for $12.8 billion to a Spanish-U.S. consortium was killed last fall by legislative resistance. Rendell had proposed to invest the lease payment to generate income for transportation projects around the state.

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