Pa. Updates 12-Year Transportation Plan

The 12-year Pennsylvania state transportation plan has been updated, the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission said this week.

The document outlines plans to improve roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.

State officials predict $84 billion in funding will be available to fund projects over the 12-year span.

In a news release, the Commission described the plan as a multimodal, “fiscally constrained” planning tool for identifying and prioritizing the state’s transportation projects.

The plan becomes effective Oct. 1 and incorporates funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress in November 2021.

Pennsylvania officials anticipate funding availability of $16 billion for state highway and bridge projects, $11.4 billion for public transit, $331 million for multimodal projects, $232 million for freight rail and $168 million for aviation.

The plan was developed in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 19 metropolitan planning organizations and an independent county.

It still must be reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration in accordance with air quality requirements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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