Chairman Markosek discusses transportation funding

June 30, 2010

Rep. Joe Markosek, chairman of the Pa. House Transportation Committee, discusses Pennsylvania’s transportation funding crisis.  This interview aired in the June 2010 edition of the public affairs program, Agenda for Action.


Overcoming our infrastructure deficit

June 29, 2010

Below is an article that appeared in the June 28th edition of Politico. 

By: Rep. James Oberstar
June 28, 2010 04:11 AM EDT

The U.S. surface transportation system was once the envy of the world. In recent decades, however, our roads, bridges, trains and transit have slipped into decline while other nations have made robust investments. Read more


Associated Pennsylvania Constructors: Improving efficiency won’t cover transportation funding gap

June 25, 2010

The following is a press release issued by PHIA board member Robert Latham.  Latham also is the Executive Vice President of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).

HARRISBURG (June 24, 2010) – Making certain that government spends resources wisely and efficiently should always be a top priority, but the $3.5 billion annual gap between transportation needs and resources cannot be solved by cost savings alone, construction industry representatives say. Read more


A view from abroad

June 21, 2010

America’s infrastructure funding woes have not escaped the attention of the international press.  The Economist, a Great Britain-based publication espousing free-market economics, has published an insightful article suggesting that the Obama administration could jump-start the American economy with a well-funded infrastructure plan utilizing tolling, which it calls an “economically efficient” funding mechanism. To view the article, click here.


Pa. transportation: here’s how we move forward

June 18, 2010

This post is a reprint of the “As I See It” column by Representatives Markosek and Geist.  It was published in the Harrisburg Patriot News on June 18, 2010. 

Over the past three weeks, we, as chairmen of the state House Transportation Committee, have conducted seven public hearings across Pennsylvania focusing on the staggering shortfall in funding for the commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure. Read more