Editor’s note: Who ever thought we would see PennDOT and efficiency in the same sentence!
Extra taxes and fees aren’t the only tricks PennDOT has up its sleeves to round up more money for road projects.
The agency’s also turning to some less obvious solutions to its funding woes, such as mail-sorting machines and more durable highway paint.
PennDOT’s put together a list of technology investments, policy changes and other tweaks it thinks could save the state $50 million to $75 million a year and, in some cases, make the agency a little more pleasant to deal with.
The anticipated savings are a drop in the bucket compared with the $3.5 billion gap between available funding and the state’s transportation needs. But it’s something.