Transportation Budget http://wesa.fm en With Fixing The Greenfield Bridge, Funding's Not The Biggest Problem http://wesa.fm/post/fixing-greenfield-bridge-fundings-not-biggest-problem <p></p><p><em><strong>City of Bridges:</strong> The following report is the second is a three-part series examining the status of Pittsburgh bridges as the Pennsylvania Legislature considers funding for transportation infrastructure.</em></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 08:13:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18618 at http://wesa.fm With Fixing The Greenfield Bridge, Funding's Not The Biggest Problem In Transportation Funding Debate, Iconic Liberty Bridge a Political Football http://wesa.fm/post/transportation-funding-debate-iconic-liberty-bridge-political-football <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>City of Bridges:</strong> The following report is the first is a three-part series examining the status of Pittsburgh bridges as the Pennsylvania Legislature considers funding for transportation infrastructure.</em></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:12:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18612 at http://wesa.fm In Transportation Funding Debate, Iconic Liberty Bridge a Political Football House Vote on Transportation Funding Will Likely Wait Until November http://wesa.fm/post/house-vote-transportation-funding-will-likely-wait-until-november <p>A transportation funding proposal isn’t quite ready for a vote before the full state House.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Negotiations are expected to continue into next month as state lawmakers try to secure public works payment-related concessions from labor unions that can woo Republican votes without losing support from Democratic members.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:03:05 +0000 Mary Wilson 18630 at http://wesa.fm Former PA Governor Calls for Transportation Vote http://wesa.fm/post/former-pa-governor-calls-transportation-vote <p>While Pennsylvania’s legislative leaders argue over thresholds for prevailing wage projects and gasoline tax rates, one of the state’s most popular former governor’s is calling on lawmakers to act quickly.&nbsp;</p><p>“Transportation infrastructure is key to not only the quality of life but your ability to be competitive,” said former Gov. Tom Ridge. “People will see that once Pennsylvania invested today in its future, they’ll get immediate results.”</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:36:07 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 18537 at http://wesa.fm House GOP Leader Plans Vote on Transportation Funding Bill http://wesa.fm/post/house-gop-leader-plans-vote-transportation-funding-bill <p>The leader of the state House Republicans plans to seek a floor vote on a transportation funding proposal passed by the Senate last May.<br><br>Majority Leader Mike Turzai doesn't support the $2.5 billion proposal, but he notes that since Democrats are clamoring for it and the governor has noted his support for it, the measure should be brought to a vote.<br> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:44:02 +0000 Mary Wilson 17047 at http://wesa.fm Fitzgerald Praises Port Authority's Handling of North Shore Crowds http://wesa.fm/post/fitzgerald-praises-port-authoritys-handling-north-shore-crowds <p>Both the Pirates and the Steelers packed fans into sold-out stadiums Sunday night, but the Port Authority of Allegheny County was the true winner, according to Rich Fitzgerald.</p><p>At a news conference Monday, the county executive praised the Port Authority for how it handled Sunday night’s massive crowds and provided a report card for its progress.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:34:42 +0000 Jessica Nath 17015 at http://wesa.fm Business and Union Officials Call on Lawmakers to Pass Transportation Bill http://wesa.fm/post/business-and-union-officials-call-lawmakers-pass-transportation-bill <p>Labor leaders and organizations that represent businesses gathered Thursday under Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, which has been weight restricted. The group is calling on the state House to pass a transportation funding plan already passed in the Senate. The consequences of doing nothing, said the group, would be disastrous for the city and the region.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:55:05 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15691 at http://wesa.fm Business and Union Officials Call on Lawmakers to Pass Transportation Bill State Budget Signed On Time, But Deadline Moves for Rest of Corbett's Agenda http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-signed-time-deadline-moves-rest-corbetts-agenda <p>Gov. Tom Corbett has signed an on-time budget, but without any victories on his other top three legislative priorities.<br><br>Liquor privatization, transportation funding and pension overhaul will have to wait until the fall for further legislative action.<br><br>A transportation funding plan got stuck in the House. A bid to change how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania stalled in the Senate. Pension overhaul is a plan neither chamber is ready to advance.<br> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:10:01 +0000 Mary Wilson 12367 at http://wesa.fm State Budget Signed On Time, But Deadline Moves for Rest of Corbett's Agenda What's Next for Pennsylvania Transportation? http://wesa.fm/post/whats-next-pennsylvania-transportation <p></p><p>A version of the Pennsylvania transportation funding bill passed last week is <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/politics-state/pennsylvania-house-committee-readies-for-vote-on-amended-bill-for-roads-bridges-transit-692951/">expected to be voted on</a> in the State House of Representatives Tuesday.</p><p>But State Senator Jim Ferlo is concerned that the bill does not allocate enough money for infrastructure maintenance. He's also opposed to a provision that would allow partial privatization of select bus lines. State Senator Jim Ferlo talks about why he voted against the funding bill and legislation that would change the structure of the Port Authority of Allegheny County Transit board. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:10:54 +0000 Heather McClain 12021 at http://wesa.fm What's Next for Pennsylvania Transportation? Gov. Urges More Investment in Roads and Bridges http://wesa.fm/post/gov-urges-more-investment-roads-and-bridges <p></p><p>Governor Tom Corbett stood under Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge to discuss the need for more investment in road and bridge projects, as well as mass transit. This comes days after the Pennsylvania Senate voted to boost state funding for transportation systems by nearly 50 percent.</p><p>“We are moving in the right direction toward a transportation funding program that is sustainable, that is long-term, that is fair, and that is balanced,” said Corbett, “between my proposal and the one offered by Senate Bill 1, it means our roads and bridges will be safer, our economy more sound.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:58:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 11005 at http://wesa.fm Gov. Urges More Investment in Roads and Bridges State Senate Passes Transportation Bill http://wesa.fm/post/state-senate-passes-transportation-bill <p>The state Senate has passed a transportation funding plan, after years of calls for action and months of legislative discussions.<br><br>By the fifth year of the plan's implementation, the state would be yielding $2.5 billion. The money would come largely from higher driver's license and vehicle registration fees, surcharges on traffic violations, and the removal of the cap on a tax paid by gas stations.<br><br>"Or as some people like to call them, user fees," said Sen. John Rafferty pointedly on the Senate floor Wednesday.<br> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:40:25 +0000 Mary Wilson 10895 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Administration Again Pushes Transportation Plan http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-administration-again-pushes-transportation-plan <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is in call-to-action mode, urging passage of a transportation funding proposal for the second time in a week.<br><br>A $2.5 billion plan is expected to be passed by the full Senate within the next two weeks.<br><br>But the real question is whether House Republicans will vote for a bill that does things like hike driver’s license fees and uncap a tax paid by gas stations.<br><br>PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said he’s been going to each House lawmaker to explain what’s at stake.<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:33:31 +0000 Mary Wilson 10533 at http://wesa.fm $2.5 Billion Transportation Plan Gets Support from State Senate GOP http://wesa.fm/post/25-billion-transportation-plan-gets-support-state-senate-gop <p>The chairman of the state Senate Transportation Committee is introducing a plan that would hike motorist fees and some traffic ticket surcharges as a way of coming up with $2.5 billion for transportation infrastructure.<br><br>The measure marks the first legislative follow-up to the governor’s $1.8 billion funding plan, which many in industry and the legislature deemed to be too small.<br><br>But Republican Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County is giving Gov. Tom Corbett credit for taking the first step to roll out a funding proposal in the first place.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:30:18 +0000 Mary Wilson 7958 at http://wesa.fm