Rep. Paul Drucker Favors 422 Tolling
By Jenny DeHuff
Times Herald Newspaper
State Rep. Paul Drucker, D-157th, of Montgomery and Chester counties, said he will push for the proposal that would authorize the tolling of Route 422, during an editorial board meeting at The Times Herald on Thursday.
Drucker, in his second year in the General Assembly, admitted he was not fully acquainted with some of the issues, but said the tolling of Route 422, to pay for the Schuylkill Valley Metro transportation project, was a good idea.
“As I understand the proposal, the only way that 422 can be developed, along with the light-rail line, is by tolling,” he told The Times Herald.
“Anybody who sits on 422, or wishes they were on a train, from Reading to Philadelphia or Norristown – they are just counting the days until that development is a reality.”
The busiest stretch of Route 422, which runs from King of Prussia to Reading, is more than 40 miles long. Many advocates of the plan say tolling is the only way to pay for the cost of a rail line connecting Philadelphia and Reading.
According to the Schuylkill Valley Metro Web site, the 62-mile railway system would alleviate problems consistent with growth and development along the Route 422 corridor, which touches along the river between Philadelphia, Norristown and Reading.
The project currently lacks subsidies, and whether SEPTA will commit to a dedicated funding source remains unclear.
“The plan, as it was explained to me, is that short-term users – on- and off-type users of 422, will not be tolled, because of some of the technology that is in place,” said Drucker. “Tolling will be for the people who use it during more of a steady period. The only way (the Schuylkill Valley Metro) proposal is economically viable is with tolling.”
Describing himself as “always learning” more about state house issues, Drucker said the No. 1 flaw he encountered in public service was the lack of bipartisan cooperation. “I don’t think the General Assembly is particularly efficient,” he said. “This has been a very frustrating year. I’m glad we finally got over the paralysis in the budget.”
I was looking at the Times Herald newspaper online today and came across a video of Rep. Paul Drucker; he was at Times Herald in Norristown yesterday and answered questions during an editorial meeting. It was the headline of the following article, Rep. Paul Drucker Favors 422 Tolling which summarized the video that caught my eye.
I know that the State lost its bid for tolling on Interstate 80 a couple of days ago, but the notion of putting tolls on Rt. 422, all I can say is wow! I’m usually in agreement with my friend Paul Drucker but I’m struggling with his support of tolling 422. Route 422 and ‘traffic nightmare’ are words that often find themselves in the same sentence, do we think that tolls is going to help the situation? Tolls on 422 would affect Tredyffrin residents, and I’m not convinced the affect would be positive. Am I missing something? What do you think?
To view Rep. Paul Drucker’s video in the Main Line Suburban.