With fund transfers set to end, legislators grapple with effects on State Police, roads

With fund transfers set to end, legislators grapple with effects on State Police, roads

When fund transfers from the state’s Motor License Fund to support the Pennsylvania State Police end in 2028, one of the most controversial practices in state politics will come to a close.

Two distinct problems still face the commonwealth, however, which members of both parties readily acknowledge. When the fund transfers taper off, a mechanism for helping fund the State Police with minimal use of the General Fund will end as well, meaning lawmakers will have to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars in monies.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

The House Transportation Committee met Friday in Philadelphia to confront one of the major looming problems in the state’s future: the sunset on $400 million in annual funding that the Pennsylvania Turnpike provides to public transportation.
 
Act 89 of 2013 established the PA Turnpike Commission allocate $450 million annually to public transit and multimodal funding. Those payments will shrink to $50 million as of 2022. 
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Colleagues remember late Rep. Rick Geist as an instrumental figure in transportation policy

Colleagues remember late Rep. Rick Geist as an instrumental figure in transportation policy

Rick Geist, a former Blair County state representative known for his long stint as chairman of the House Transportation Committee, died last week while on a trip to Russia with his wife.

 

Geist represented the 79th House District from 1979 to 2012 — a 34-year career where he became the longest-serving House Transportation Committee Chairman in state history.

Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions

House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions

The diverse needs of transportation in southeastern Pennsylvania came into focus Wednesday at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Souderton.
 
Rep. Steven Malagari (D-Montgomery) hosted the event in his district. The event brought together professionals and advocates from across the region. Officials from SEPTA discussed their plans to invest in new infrastructure, while township managers talked about the need to fund mandates for street travel, both by drivers and pedestrians.
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase by six percent in 2020

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase by six percent in 2020

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Tuesday that they will be increasing tolls for cash and E-ZPass customers beginning in 2020, as the commission grapples with increasing debt obligations.

 

The six percent increase in toll rates comes as the Turnpike continues to struggle meeting funding obligations required under two state-level statutes — Act 44 of 2007 and Act 89 of 2013.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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