No Plans to Fill Budget Hole?
Yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the dire state of transportation funding within Pennsylvania. As many of you know, Act 44, the Commonwealth’s law that determines transportation funding, is expected to fall short $450 million if the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) denies the application once again. And, unfortunately, it seems that the state has no back-up plan if the application is rejected.
The Chairman of the State House Transportation Committee, Rep. Joseph Markosek, likened this matter to a looming armageddon, claiming, “It will be infrastructure nuclear winter.” Scared yet? You should be. It means that basic funding for road and highway repairs will be severely affected. But, of course, the biggest loser in funding-shortages is always public transportation, and that seems to be the case this time as well, with SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey stating that “major products, such as such as automated fare collection on trains and buses, will have to be pushed back.”
It is unclear how soon we will know the decision by the FHWA, but what you can do right now is contact the below legislators in support of tolling I-80. We posted the information last week, but here it is again:
Senator Arlen Specter
Contact Form: http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Congressman Robert Brady
Contact Form: http://www.brady.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=112§iontree=112
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz
Contact Form: http://schwartz.house.gov/issue_subscribe.shtml
Congressman Chaka Fattah
Congressman Patrick Murphy