Speed Limit Could Get 70 MPH On Some Sections of Pennsylvania Turnpike

New bill would allow for a 70-mph speed limit on some areas, as they are already permitted to make the speed limit 65 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Now there is 55 mph as the “default” speed limit.

New measure had approved by the House Transportation Committee.

CBS News said, that “some committee members expressed concerns that state police have not been consulted about the possible change, but State Rep. Richard Geist (R-Altoona), chairman of the transportation committee, says he sees no problem.”

“No, I think this will attract ridership,” he told KYW Newsradio today. “I don’t think people will go any faster. People drive at a safe, comfortable speed, whatever they feel is comfortable.”

Geist said the bill would not specify what areas of the Pennsylvania Turnpike could have 70 mph speed limits; that would be up to the Turnpike Commission.

It’s not known when or if the bill will come up for a full House vote.

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