Rafferty discusses transportation issues at PHIA event

December 12, 2017

Senate Transportation Chair John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) discussed a variety of transportation issues this week before a friendly crowd at PHIA’s final policy breakfast of the year.

Among Senator Rafferty’s points:

  • Act 89 has increased PennDOT’s bridge and highway budget to $2.4 billion per year from $1.5 billion before passage in 2013, but keeping transportation dollars for their intended purpose has been a challenge.
  • One of the ways to keep transportation dollars where they belong is to reduce reliance on the Motor License Fund to support State Police and find a way to replace that money in the State Police budget.
  • The project near and dear to his heart is a $100 million six-lane bridge on 422 over the Schuylkill in Valley Forge that will relieve congestion and spur development in much of the Philadelphia region. Replacement of the two-lane span is expected to be completed in spring of 2020.
  • He would also like to see an earlier end to the Act 44 Turnpike subsidies to non-Turnpike transportation needs than the current 2022 expiration date.
  • PA needs to strengthen DUI laws to discourage drunken driving and encourage people with drinking problems to get help.
  • The General Assembly still needs to reach consensus on automated speed enforcement in work zones. He believes that if the House adopted the Senate version of the legislation, the governor would quickly sign the bill.
  • Bipartisan efforts are putting Pennsylvania in position to maintain a leadership role in the development of autonomous vehicles.

Look for the next PHIA breakfast in the first quarter of next year.


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