Pennsylvania Updates State Transportation Plan

 

Pennsylvania is gearing up to spend $63.2 billion over the next 12 years on transportation projects. Toward that end, the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission recently updated the state’s transportation program.

The funding is being made available through the state’s Act 89 transportation plan. The projects will include improvements to railroads, roads, bridges, transit systems and airports.

An update to the state transportation two years ago envisioned spending $41.6 billion for transportation projects.
The latest transportation spending program is effective Oct. 1. Over the next four years, Pennsylvania expects to spend $12.3 billion for highway and bridge projects, $7.9 billion for public transit, $370 million for aviation, $228 million for freight railroads and $284 million for a newly-created intermodal fund.

Four rural planning organizations, 19 metropolitan planning organizations and one independent county worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to review the transportation plan update.

The update will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for review and approval. The Federal Highway Administration will coordinate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the plan’s conformity with air quality requirements.

The 14-member commission consists of 10 appointed citizens and the majority and minority chairpersons of the state House and Senate transportation committees. State law requires the commission to review and update the 12-year program every two years. No capital project can move forward unless it is included in the program.

To review the plan, go to www.dot.state.pa.us.

 

 

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