HARRISBURG (AP) -- Federal regulators on Thursday rejected Pennsylvania's plan to impose tolls on Interstate 80, reigniting a sticky debate over where to find billions...

HARRISBURG (AP) -- Federal regulators on Thursday rejected Pennsylvania's plan to impose tolls on Interstate 80, reigniting a sticky debate over where to find billions of dollars to fix roads, repair bridges and subsidize mass transit systems.

Gov. Ed Rendell urged lawmakers to swiftly approve an alternative -- a long-term lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Lawmakers last year approved a roughly $1 billion-a-year increase in transportation funding that would be spread around to fund projects across the state. To fund it, they approved putting I-80 under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, authorizing it to collect tolls along the roadway's 311-mile length from Ohio to New Jersey.

The Federal Highway Administration said its decision to reject that plan was based on questions about whether the amount of money that would be paid by turnpike commission to the state Transportation Department was based on an "objective market valuation" of the highway.

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