Pennsylvania Governor Eyes Reform of Transportation Funding

Pennsylvania Governor Eyes Reform of Transportation Funding

Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed two changes to the way the state provides funding for transportation infrastructure.

“I am calling on the legislature to pass a 17 percent reduction in the flat liquid fuels tax paid by consumers at the pump,” he said during his statewide budget address. “Second, I am asking the general assembly to begin a five-year phase out of an artificial and outdated cap n the tax paid by oil and gas companies on the wholesale price of gasoline.”

The governor's office estimates the plan will add $1.8 billion of additional funding into the state’s transportation system: about $1.2 billion for improvements to Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation-maintained roads and bridges; $250 million for transit; $200 million for locally owned roads and bridges; $85 million for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to pay for expansion projects; and $80 million for a multi-modal fund providing improvements to ports, airports, railways and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Members of the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition — which includes labor unions, air and seaport organizations, freight rail organizations, truck freight haulers and more — applauded the announcement.