Local Media Urges Lawmakers to Take Action on Transportation

As the special session on Pennsylvania’s transportation funding crisis continues, it is seeming more and more unlikely that anything will happen in terms of passing meaningful legislation that will fill the gap. But local media outlets are not accepting this approach; just today the Express Times published its opinion on the matter, urging legislators to take action.

And rightfully so. Businesses depend on the state of our essential infrastructure. As we continue working on reviving the economy, we must take care of our transportation network to ensure that commerce continues successfully and workers are able to travel to their jobs. According to the article, “As difficult as this economy is for everyone, waiting until roads and bridges become unusable will be a heavy, heavy anchor on any recovery, creating giant replacement costs.”

But what solution should be implemented? The Times suggests that “[a]ll ideas should be on the table; a minimal raise in fuel taxes (four cents per gallon is Rendell’s suggestion) would at least get bridge and highway rehab work going on some level.” Surprisingly, the tax-averse Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce has even gone on record as a supporter of a gas-tax raise. Maybe it’s time to start looking into this option…


About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on August 30, 2010, in Public Infrastructure, Transportation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Rendell also spoke of a large [~50%] increase in registration fees, but this tends to reward those who drive a lot. I think it would make more sense to have a substantial increase in the gasoline tax, thus making the cost proportional to the amount people drive. When the gasoline price spiked a couple of years ago, there was a noticeable increase in transit use and ride-sharing. Increasing the fuel taxes would have a similar effect….

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