Roadways are more dangerous now than ever for pedestrians and cyclists. In Ohio, 131 pedestrians and 22 bicyclists were were killed in collisions in 2018. The state can take action in preventing pedestrian deaths.
The Greater Ohio Policy Center sends its belated congratulation to our smart growth colleague 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania for leading a diverse coalition of stakeholders in successfully advocating for a $2.3 billion state transportation package in Pennsylvania. In late 2013, Republican Governor, Tom Corbett, signed a bill that was advanced by the Republican-controlled legislature. Under this transportation funding bill, Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation will:
- Creates a multi-modal fund that grows from $30 to $144 million over a 5-year period, to which bicycle and pedestrian projects can apply for funding; and sets an annual minimum of $2 million of that fund to be spent on bicycle and pedestrian facilities;
- new revenue streams for transit will generate $49 million to $60 million statewide in the current fiscal year and $476 million to $497 million in year five.
- Funding for repairing deficient bridges and roads
This package is expected create 50,000 new jobs and preserve 12,000 existing jobs, according to the Governor’s office.
Funding for this work will come from the gradual elimination of the limit on the wholesale tax on gasoline, and increased fees on licenses, permits and traffic tickets.
Together, multi-modal advocates, road contractors, business leaders and policymakers made the economic case for this visionary, game-changing budget. GOPC congratulates all advocates and applauds Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and Governor.