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Tue Feb 14, 2012, 07:26 AM

State officials seeking $2.85M study to see whether rest areas, Ohio Turnpike could be leased

Cross posted from GD

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio officials want to know whether the state's 101 rest stops could be leased to a private operator and how much a potential deal might be worth.

A legislative panel on Monday approved the state's use of $2.85 million in federal research money to pay a consultant to evaluate privatizing the rest areas along interstates and state roadways.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has said leasing rest areas might be a way to address a gap in the transportation budget.
Under the contract with Austin, Texas-based KPMG Corporate Finance LLC, consultants will also explore the idea of leasing the Ohio Turnpike. The 241-mile roadway is funded through tolls and the sale of gas and food at rest stops.


http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5db2a1f0f4c1454f8ae5dcf82d2fd8bc/OH--Private-Rest-Stops-Ohio/

He not only wants to lease the Turnpike but rest areas on the remaining interstate highways as well. Are we going to have to pay to pee on the road now?

Cross posted in GD: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002308968


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rexcat Feb 2012 #1

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Sun Feb 19, 2012, 07:04 PM

1. The price of admission to use the road if privatized...

will go up. This is more bullshit from the Ohio rethug party. Privatize and be damned the state.

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