Pennsylvania State Police

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Beam Piper's 1965 science fiction novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhens eponymous character begins the story as a PSP Trooper. An undercover PSP Trooper played by Sarah Jessica Parker co-stars with Bruce Willis playing a Pittsburgh Police River Rescue Squad officer in the 1993 movie Striking Distance. A PSP Trooper is played by Harland Williams in the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber. The PSP were featured in the CSI: NY episode "Redemption" as well as the Law & Order season 9 episode 10 titled "Hate". The PSP is featured in the 2004 TV film Boa vs. Python. Featured in the movie For Richer or Poorer. Stephen King's novel From a Buick 8 features Troop D in a fictional town named Statler.


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The Pennsylvania Turnpike system is 535 mi long, with the mainline portion stretching from Ohio to Philadelphia and New Jersey. It is overseen by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Another major east–west route is Interstate 80, which runs primarily in the northern tier of the state from Ohio to New Jersey at the Delaware Water Gap. Interstate 90 travels the relatively short distance between Ohio and New York through Erie County, in the extreme northwestern part of the state.

List of governors of Pennsylvania

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The Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the head of the executive branch of Pennsylvania's state government and serves as the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Today the borough is a 2 1⁄2 hour drive from Philadelphia and a 3 1⁄2 hour drive from Pittsburgh via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. Route 15. Gettysburg Regional Airport, a small general aviation airport, is located 2 mi west of Gettysburg. The main east-west road through downtown Gettysburg is U.S. Route 30, which is known as York Street east of Lincoln Square and Chambersburg Street west of Lincoln Square. York Adams Transportation Authority (YATA) operates public transportation in Adams County. Freedom Transit, implemented in 2009, The hub of the bus system, the new Gettysburg Transit Center, is under construction on Carlisle Street.

Ed Rendell

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Edward Gene Rendell (born January 5, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, politician, and author. He served as the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011, as chair of the national Democratic Party, and as the Mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000.

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

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The Lieutenant Governor is a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The lieutenant governor is elected for a four-year term in the same year as the governor. Each party picks a candidate for lieutenant governor independently of the gubernatorial primary. The winners of the party primaries are then teamed together as a single ticket for the fall general election. Democrat John Fetterman is the incumbent lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor presides in the Senate and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor.

Levittown, Pennsylvania

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Mark S. Schweiker, Republican former Governor of Pennsylvania. Steve Slaton, Former running back for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. David Uosikkinen, drummer for rock band The Hooters. Troy Vincent, former NFL defensive back, attended Pennsbury High School. Earl "the Twirl" Williams, American-Israeli former professional basketball player. Anderson, David, Levittown is Burning: Gas Line Riot and the Decline of the Blue-Collar American Dream," Labor: Studies in Working-Class History in the Americas (Duke University Press: Fall 2005).

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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James Gould Cozzens lived in Lambertville, New Jersey, just across the river from Bucks County, and used Doylestown as the model for the setting of two novels; he is considered a Bucks County artist. Allen Saalburg relocated to Bucks County in 1947, and named his press after the canal. The county boasts many local theater companies, including the long-established and recently reopened Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Town and Country Players in Buckingham, ActorsNET in Morrisville, and the Bristol Riverside Theatre, a professional Equity theater in Bristol.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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John O'Hara, author, a native of Pottsville, lived in Harrisburg briefly to write his novel about the city, A Rage to Live. Gene "Birdlegg" Pittman, blues harmonicist, singer and songwriter. Jim Price, baseball player and broadcaster. Rudi Protrudi, rock and roll musician. Bruce I. Smith, state representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1981-2007). George W. Smith, Major General in the Marine Corps. Frank Soday, chemist influential in development of alternative uses for synthetic fiber. Will Stanton, long-published humor writer. Robert Stevenson, actor and politician, born 1915 in Harrisburg, Los Angeles City Council member.

Somerset County, Pennsylvania

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Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 77,742. Its county seat is Somerset. The county was created from part of Bedford County on April 17, 1795, and named after the county of Somerset in England.

Republican Party (United States)

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The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party.

Western Pennsylvania

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Perhaps the best known transportation innovation to simplify access to this area is the famous Pennsylvania Turnpike, the first modern limited access highway in North America. The initial problem was economic marketing of a limited number of goods that could stand such high freight costs. The insensitivity of the new U.S. Federal Government to the marketing problems in the west led to the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania, an event which seriously challenged the political viability of the new American nation. Later marketing arrangements turned to access via the Ohio River, with Pittsburgh a barge and steamboat center of the mid-continent.

Political party strength in Pennsylvania

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As of early fall 2016 registered Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 919,000 in Pennsylvania, with 4.1 million Democrats and 3.2 million Republicans. 452,669 voters were registered with non-major parties and 702,482 defined themselves as non-affiliated.

List of Pennsylvania gubernatorial elections

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The election of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania occurs when voters in the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania select the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for the ensuing four years beginning at noon on the third Tuesday of January following the election. Pennsylvania gubernatorial elections were held triennially beginning with the first election in 1790 until 1878. Gubernatorial elections have been held quadrennially since the election of 1882. Gubernatorial general elections are held on Election Day, coinciding with various other federal, statewide, and local races.

First Ladies of Pennsylvania

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The first lady of Pennsylvania is the title attributed to the wife of the governor of Pennsylvania. The honorary position is styled as First Lady or First Gentleman of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To date there have been no female governors of Pennsylvania, and all first spouses have been first ladies.

Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania

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In New Stanton, I-70 exits the main highway alignment to merge with the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76). The main alignment itself continues as a very short spur with no route number, then picks up U.S. 119 at an interchange with PA 66. For 86 miles from New Stanton to Breezewood, I-70 shares a concurrency with I-76 along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I-70 passes through a wind farm in Somerset County, and close to the 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. It then intersects I-99 in Bedford County before reaching the eastern end of its concurrency with the Turnpike in Breezewood.

Ohio Turnpike

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The road runs east–west in the northern section of the state, with the western end at the Indiana–Ohio border near Bryan where it meets the Indiana Toll Road, and the eastern end at the Ohio–Pennsylvania border near Petersburg, where it meets the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The road is owned and maintained by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC), headquartered in Berea. Built from 1949 to 1955, construction for the roadway was completed a year prior to the Interstate Highway System. The modern Ohio Turnpike is signed as three Interstate numbers: I-76, I-80, and I-90.

Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania

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Prior to 2018, I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) crossed with no interchange. I-276 continued east to the Delaware River Bridge and I-95 continued north to the Scudder Falls Bridge. In order to remedy this and also provide a continuous route for Interstate 95, eliminating the gap in New Jersey, a high-speed interchange between the two roads was built. I-95 was rerouted onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike into New Jersey toward the New Jersey Turnpike, cutting back I-276 to the interchange, and I-295 was extended into Pennsylvania along the former I-95 alignment around Trenton to end at the interchange.

Breezewood, Pennsylvania

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I-70 uses a surface road (part of US 30) with at-grade intersections to connect the freeway heading south to Hancock, Maryland with the ramp to I-76, which through this section is the Pennsylvania Turnpike toll road.

South Pennsylvania Railroad

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In 1937 the new Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission bought the old line from the two railroads, and in 1938 construction began between Carlisle and Irwin. Two of the workers from the South Pennsylvania Railroad project (one contractor and one laborer) also worked on the Turnpike despite the 54-year time difference in construction.

New Jersey Turnpike

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The second extension, known as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension (or Pennsylvania Turnpike Connector), carries I-95 off the mainline of the New Jersey Turnpike at exit 6 and connects to the Pennsylvania Turnpike via the Delaware River–Turnpike Toll Bridge, a continuous truss bridge spanning the Delaware River. A 6 mi, six-lane highway, it has an exit, designated as 6A, to US 130 near Florence. The extension was formerly designated as Route 700P, but was officially designated as I-95 after the Somerset Freeway was cancelled, and was signed as such when the first components of the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project were completed on September 22, 2018.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

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On April 28, 2010, Governor Ed Rendell proposed that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission would be merged into the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. A special session of the state legislature voted on this issue on May 4. On August 26, 2010, PennDOT told the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that they needed to pay them $118 million for public transit funding provided by Act 44 or PennDOT would have veto power over the Turnpike Commission's decisions. In March 2019, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a $2 million study regarding a proposed hyperloop system in Pennsylvania.

Interstate Highway System

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This situation was remedied when the construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project started in 2010 and partially opened on September 22, 2018, which was already enough to fill the gap. However, I-70 remains discontinuous in Pennsylvania, because of the lack of a direct interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the eastern end of the concurrency near Breezewood. Traveling in either direction, I-70 traffic must exit the freeway and use a short stretch of US-30 (which includes a number of roadside services) to rejoin I-70.


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Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 76, Interstate 70, Interstate 276, Interstate 476, and Interstate 95. Pittsburgh International Airport. Portland–Columbia Toll Bridge. Scudder Falls Bridge/Interstate 295. Trenton–Morrisville Toll Bridge/U.S. Route 1. Walt Whitman Bridge/Interstate 76. Pell Bridge/Rhode Island Route 138. Statewide truck-only tolling program. Boulevard Bridge/Virginia State Route 161. Dulles Toll Road/Virginia State Route 267. Dulles Greenway/Virginia State Route 267. 495 Express Lanes/Interstate 495 (HOT lanes). Powhite Parkway/Virginia State Route 76. Downtown Expressway/Virginia State Route 195. George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge/U.S. Route 17.

New Stanton, Pennsylvania

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New Stanton is often used as a control city in western parts of Pennsylvania, as I-70 joins the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) eastbound towards Breezewood, Pennsylvania in New Stanton, and is a free highway westbound. New Stanton is located at 40.22°N, -79.60361°W (40.219990, -79.603719). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.0 sqmi, of which, 3.9 sqmi of it is land and 0.1 sqmi of it (1.26%) is water. Most of New Stanton is surrounded by Hempfield Township and has two other borders with Youngwood to the northeast and Hunker to the south-southwest.