Taking the money from toll revenues could compromise the Parkway's bond indenture and, under federal regulations, counties would be limited to using those funds for transportation projects, he said.
Barr said Turnpike concession revenues could be diverted to counties without those issues but that the roughly $2.8 million a year in profits already are committed, with $1.5 million going to offset losses from drivers using EZ-Pass discounts, and with $1.3 million subsidizing Tamarack.
Seaver said residents in Mercer County are infuriated by proposals from the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways to extend Turnpike tolls through 2049 to fund a $1 billion road bond issue.
If diverting $1 million a year to the Turnpike counties is not feasible, he said, "I would like us to look at a lesser amount that could help the school systems with these tolls."
• Barr said Moody's Investors Service announced Thursday morning that it had affirmed the Aa3 rating on the Parkway Authority's bonds. Aa3 is the highest bond rating a toll road can receive, he said.
Moody's cited low bond debts, as well as the Turnpike being an essential route vital for interstate and intrastate travel, in extending the high rating.
"We're pleased to be up at the top of the ratings for toll roads," Barr said.
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