Have a topic for our "SOAPBOX?" Click here to contribute!
Smoother Ride Ahead
After years of debate, the future is immediately looking very bright for Pennsylvania’s motorists since the approval of a $2.4 billion transportation package. Transit agencies can now launch hundreds of long-desired projects to address crumbling roads, deteriorating bridges, over-crowded bus and rail terminals, and inefficient airports. According to the Associated Press, Governor Tom Corbett said “there is a barely a spot in Pennsylvania ….that will not see an improvement because of this legislation.” The bill also creates a multi-modal fund that grows from $30 to $144 million over a 5-year period to make it easier to use state transportation money for pedestrian safety projects, streetscaping & lighting.
Whether you walk, bike, drive, fly or ride to get around, transit affects your daily life. Mass transit is vital to our economic infrastructure. The bill provides nearly $500 million towards mass transit along with $144 million for rail freight, ports and airports. All transportation projects are funded mostly with fuel taxes at the state and federal levels. Initially, Pennsylvania motorists could feel a financial pinch as higher gas and oil taxes, along with small increases in vehicle registration and licensing fees, go into effect for the next five years. However, it's our social and environmental responsibility to contribute to the needed improvements and expansions that will only aid us in the long-run.
Sometimes you have to give to receive.
submitted by Suzanne Sowinski,
(READ MORE Soapbox items...)