Pennsylvania Agency OKs Transportation Plan

A new 12-year transportation plan has been adopted by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission and it is offering $63.9 billion in funding for improvements to railroads, transit systems, roads, bridges and airports.

The new program, which is effective on Oct. 1, allocates $9.62 billion for public transit, $319 million for multimodal and $228 million for freight-rail projects during 2019 through 2022.

From 2023 through 2026, the plan calls for $8.3 billion to be available for public transit, $348 million for multimodal and $229 million for freight rail. From  2027 through 2030, the plan calls for $9.25 billion for transit, $391 million for multimodal and $229 million for freight rail.

The projects depend on the availability of funding, which state transportation officials anticipate will come from a combination of federal, state and local dollars.

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.

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

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