Legislators, business groups call for transportation billsJim T. Ryan
Pennsylvania legislators and business groups gathered today in the state Capitol to press the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Corbett to move forward on comprehensive transportation funding legislation, including passage of a public-private partnership bill.
"We're not asking for anything that shouldn't already be done," said state Rep. Rick Geist, chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
Speakers pushed for passage of the public-private partnerships, also called P3s. The House passed its P3 bill two weeks ago, and the Senate voted for a similar bill last year. However, the bills have yet to be rectified and voted on by both houses. The Senate could take up the House version when it returns on April 30.
Transportation funding has been a recurring issue for more than two years, but especially critical since the federal government disallowed tolling on Interstate 80, a key component of previous funding solutions.
A committee last year outlined proposals that would generate $2.5 billion in new funding for roads, bridges, airports, ports and mass transit.