Pennsylvania Slashes Transportation Spending

Pennsylvania Slashes Transportation Spending

The Pennsylvania Transportation Commission approved a 24 percent cut in the budget for infrastructure improvements through 2022.

The move came as a result of doubts about the availability of federal funding coupled with lower state resources, according to a statement from Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler.

Cutbacks involve approximately $16.3 billion formerly tagged for highways, rail freight, bridges, and aviation. Starting Oct. 1, the state plans to spend $51.6 billion on infrastructure, down from $67.9 billion as previously announced.

Governor Ed Rendell asked the state legislature to meet Aug. 23 to take another look at transportation needs for the state.

-- Contact Thomas L. Gallagher at tgallagher@joc.com.