August 13, 2007 |
Transportation infrastructure discussions aren't sexy - they're policy talk, not pillow talk. A new school or a good local grant? Those are politically sexy. Voters line up behind them. Transportation infrastructure, on the other hand, is boring. It's difficult to say and to explain. It's maintenance and repair, like on your home. Like improved plumbing or new duct work. It's the roof and the windows. It's expensive. Boy, is it expensive. But sexy? Nope. So New Jersey has a political dilemma.
June 7, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The state Senate approved a $2.5 billion transportation-funding bill Wednesday, aimed at repairing thousands of aging bridges and miles of roads while pumping more money into transit, setting the stage for a fight over the bill's fate in the House. The plan, championed by Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty (R., Montgomery), ups the ante on the $1.8 billion proposal Gov. Corbett unveiled in February to address the state's infrastructure problems. Rafferty's bill, was approved on a 45-5 vote, would increase driver's license and vehicle-registration fees, and put a hefty surcharge on speeders and others who violate traffic laws.
February 19, 2007 |
GOV. RENDELL'S recent announcement that he wanted to explore the possibility of selling or leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike has kick-started a fascinating conversation across the commonwealth. The governor's stated goal is to raise revenues that would be used to complete desperately needed transportation projects. We applaud the governor for "Thinking Outside the Box" - in fact, that was the title of a report that we at the CEO Council for Growth issued last spring on the potential of public-private partnerships as a new way to address transportation needs.
November 26, 2012
Singer takes partisan positions Stephanie Singer ("Commission must stay on track," Tuesday) indicates her removal as chairwoman of the City Commission was the result of a takeover by the state Republican Party. In point of fact, her removal was bipartisan. Her letter to the editor is the product of a mind-set completely incompatible with her position as a commissioner. For example, she characterizes her removal as bad news for Democrats. Apparently, she does not feel it is necessary to give even the appearance of acting on behalf of all voters.
February 13, 2013
Is Gov. Corbett's plan to raise more than $5 billion for transportation infrastructure a tax hike? The short answer is yes. But the governor's proposal takes pains to make short answers difficult. As Corbett's own task force and a broad spectrum of interest groups agree, he faces a massive and mounting need to pay for work on roads, bridges, and mass transit systems. But given the governor's political alignment and the formal antitax pledge he and many other Republicans have taken, he faces repercussions for any tax increase.
November 12, 2007 |
Pennsylvania lawmakers should reconsider the money they left on the table earlier this year after rejecting Gov. Rendell's initial plan to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to a private-sector partner. Such an agreement could generate billions of dollars needed for transportation infrastructure and transit systems without raising taxes, adding tolls, or incurring more taxpayer debt. Amid increasing doubts about the viability of Act 44 of 2007 - the law that permitted the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to raise money by putting tolls on Interstate 80 - the governor will soon announce a short list of teams that will make multi-billion-dollar bids for a potential turnpike lease.
October 27, 2012 |
The Philadelphia region faces a future of potholes, closed bridges, and reduced public transit unless government leaders raise much more money through tolls, fares, fees, or taxes, the region's planning agency said Thursday. The costs of maintaining and improving area roads, bridges, and transit far outstrip the money now available, said a report issued by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. The nine-county region spends about $1.4 billion a year on highway, bridge, and transit projects, while the annual need is about $2.5 billion, DVRPC planners said.
June 25, 2013
By John A. Fry The United States is witnessing something that seemed next to impossible not long ago - the rebirth of its urban centers. Nowhere is this seismic shift more prevalent than along the 450 miles stretching from Washington to Boston, otherwise known as the Northeast Corridor. Indeed, this area is quickly becoming the nation's epicenter of high-quality urban living. This transformation is being driven by a powerful combination of demographic and social trends. Key among them is the millennial generation's strong preference for working, living, learning, and socializing in urban environments.
November 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Wild weather is taking a toll on roads, airports, railways and transit systems across the country. That's leaving states and cities searching for ways to brace for more catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy that are straining the nation's transportation lifelines beyond what their builders imagined. Despite their concerns about intense rain, historic floods and record heat waves, some transportation planners find it too politically sensitive to say aloud a source of their weather worries: climate change.
March 13, 2006
DISCUSSIONS ABOUT Pennsylvania's transportation needs don't usually occur until SEPTA cries out that it's in financial trouble. Again. But last week, the CEO Council for Growth, comprising 55 executives and affiliated with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, released a study that says the private sector could build and expand highways, bridges and rail lines, and ease the government's costs for such projects. The council is seeking legislation from Harrisburg. But no one has taken the bait - yet. Called "Thinking Outside the Box: Addressing Greater Philadelphia's Transportation Investment Needs Through Public-Private Partnerships," the study says the partnerships could close the "regional investment gap" and help "deliver, operate, maintain and, in some cases, even finance highway and transit infrastructure.