ROYERSFORD PA – Crowd-sourcing will soon be put to work in a battle by Tom Quigley, the state representative from Pennsylvania’s 146th District, against a proposal to impose vehicle tolls on U.S. Route 422 from King of Prussia PA west to the Berks County line.
Crowd-sourcing is a currently popular term that sometimes describes gathering information and opinions from an assembled constituency (a “crowd” that serves as an authoritative “source”) with which to build and make a case on a specific topic. The process usually happens online, where people comment – often in strident tones – at social media forums like Twitter and Facebook.
Quigley, whose district includes Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick (PA) townships and the borough of Pottstown, is taking the concept a step further. He’s holding a forum Sept. 13 (201l; Tuesday) beginning at 7 p.m. in Pope John Paul II High School, 181 Rittenhouse Rd., Royersford PA, to let local residents air their thoughts on 422 tolling in person.
- This event has been added to The Post calendar.
The proposal to charge drivers fees to travel a 25-mile segment of the east-west highway, and use the resulting dedicated revenue to pay for road improvements and possibly even mass transit there, was suggested more than a year ago by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). Quigley and several other House representatives made their opposition clear during a roadside press conference this spring.
In an e-mail distributed Wednesday (Aug. 31), Quigley said he rejects “any tolling proposal that does not gather input from the people who would be most affected by tolling. I am hosting this forum to give my constituents the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions and concerns.”
Joining Quigley at the event as panelists are state Reps. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Warren Kampf (R-Montgomery/Chester), and Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery); Stan Huskey, editor of The (Norristown PA) Times-Herald newspaper; Barry Seymour, DVRPC executive director; and Montgomery County Commissioner and former DVRPC Board Chairman Joe Hoeffel.
“This is an interactive event and audience participation is encouraged,” Quigley wrote. Those who are unable to attend but would like to submit a question for the panelists should call his district office, located on East High Street in Sanatoga, at 610-326-9563.
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- State Road Tolls A Future Funding Solution, Official Agrees
- Report Expected To Suggest Law For Road Toll Authority
- I-95 A Big Problem; 422 A Solvable Problem (With Tolls)
- Even With Tolling, 422 Might Be Free (For A Few Miles)
- County Candidates Brown, Castor Oppose 422 Tolling
- Quigley, Other Reps Questioning 422 Tolls Proposal
- 422 Toll Proposal Wins Some PA Commission Backers
- Exec Highway Group To Hear Rt. 422 Tolling As ‘Model’
- 422 Questions Answered, For Your Viewing Pleasure
- In 422 Tolling, Planners Say, Studying Doesn’t Make It So
- Former Reporter Asks Commissioners To Support 422 Tolls
- Online Survey Seeks Opinions On Local Road Congestion
- 422 Plus Project Plays Offense With FAQs Debut
- Peering Into The Future? Gov’s Bridge Proposal And 422
- Another Township Endorses 422 Master Plan
- Neighboring Limerick Supervisors Endorse 422 Master Plan
- Understand 422 Plan Endorsement, Lower Pottsgrove Advised
- Lower Pottsgrove Holds On 422 Plan Endorsement
- Engineers Claim PA Roads Worse Now Than In 2006
- Tuesday Session Tackles Funding For 422 And Elsewhere
- Tolls, Lower Pottsgrove Station Part Of 422 Plan
- Pending Decision May Affect Route 422 Projects
- Last Day For Your Say On Route 422 Plan
- Notebook Worthy (Aug. 24, 2009)
- Consultants Express Interest In Studying 422
- Don’t Like 422 Tolling? Website Wants Your Alternative
- Truckers Alerted On Highway Partnerships Bill
- In 422 Debate, Time A Hindrance And Help
- Notebook Worthy (June 29, 2009)
- Growth, Planners Say, Is 422’s Growing Problem
- Tech Used To Draw For 422 Meetings
- Route 422 Toll Meetings Next Week
- 422 Repairs, Delays Start Tuesday
- 422 Proposal, Like Traffic, Creeps Ahead
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