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One benefit of publicly held capacity is that it can be redeployed to other public needs in case of emergencies like extreme weather events.
If the Pennsylvania Turnpike had been privatized last year, the private operator wouldn't likely have sacrificed their shareholders' interests by lending critical machinery and crews to help municipalities after the storm (Cheers & Jeers: Flood woes; Sept. 17).
At a minimum, a private operator's lawyers certainly would need to first negotiate their level of compensation and protection from liability.
According to an account relayed by Toll Road News, the Pennsylvania Turnpike has five of the giant trucks that quickly clear street drains.
The entire city of Harrisburg has only one; and it has made a huge difference that the pike released these vehicles and 20 workers to help the city.
The turnpike's aid in the aftermath of the storm is a clear example of one of the many benefits of keeping public assets in the hands of the public.
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