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Earlier this week, we asked you to take action to support a comprehensive transportation funding bill in Pennsylvania. Because we have fallen so far behind in the basic maintenance and replacement needs of our aging infrastructure, the cost of inaction has reached $1 million a day. Today is a crucial day for passage of that bill and the House needs to hear from you again.
The Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition has brought together every part of the transportation system — from public transit to rail freight, from highways and bridges to biking and walking — in an unprecedented effort to create a 10-year transportation funding plan that covers all modes. The Senate passed a bill that adequately addressed the needs of all those modes, including biking and walking.
The House is now debating what level to fund the transportation bill and is discussing significant cuts to the $2.5 billion annual funding that the Senate passed. We need to tell members of the House, and the Governor, that we support funding transportation at $2.5 billion annually.
Think of transportation infrastructure repairs like fixing leaks in a roof — it costs much less to repair those leaks early on than to replace your roof and repair water damage to the floors below when the roof finally falls in. And only fixing half the leaks — by not funding the repair fully — does not fix the problem.
The repair bill for infrastructure will continue to go up exponentially if we do not act now.
As a citizen of Pennsylvania, this matters. But bikers and walkers need to be even more concerned. If PennDOT is struggling to fix the most basic infrastructure problems, they will not have the resources to address the needs of bikers and walkers. In contrast, with a new bill we get a new Bicycle and Pedestrian office at PennDOT that will be looking out for the needs of bikers and walkers in every PennDOT project.
Unfortunately, the House isn’t getting it. They passed a bill out of committee that is far short of the Senate’s $2.5 billion and we need to make sure that they hear from us today, when debate on the House floor picks up again in an unusual Sunday session.
Please email your House Representative and let him/her know that you want them to vote in favor of a comprehensive transportation bill that funds all modes of transportation at $2.5 billion. Nothing less will do.
Hearing from you (repeatedly) makes a difference. Send a quick email today.
The full Pennsylvania Senate took a historic vote yesterday by passing a transportation bill that explicitly supports biking and walking. We worked hard to make this possible!
The Pennsylvania Senate’s SB1 includes:
- A multi-modal fund of $80-$150 million annually, to which bicycle and pedestrian projects can apply for funding;
- A minimum of $2 million of that fund must be spent on bicycle and pedestrian facilities annually;
- The broadening of this funding to include pedestrian safety projects, streetscape & lighting;
- A finding that describes Pennsylvania’s comprehensive transportation system to include PA’s “numerous bicycle and pedestrian facilities,” which will make it easier for bicycle/pedestrian projects to compete for highway funds.
- Join us in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 11th at 10:00 AM. We will be rallying on the steps of the Capitol building to thank the PA Senate for passing a transportation bill that includes bike and ped funding, and for continuing to advocate for making our roads and communities safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Tell your legislator that you support dedicated funding for walking and biking pathways in the state. Send an email to your state representative.
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