Quigley Seeks Crowd As Source Of Comments On 422

Quigley also distributed this flyer for his Sept. 13 event

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.

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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