As we mentioned several weeks ago, the Coalition set out to hold a series of candidate briefings this fall. It was aimed at all candidates – especially first-timers, but we have also invited incumbents – to bring them up to speed on current and imminent transportation issues, through the eyes of the Coalition members’ constituencies.

We have now completed half of our six planned briefings, one in the Pittsburgh region and one each in Philadelphia Center City and King of Prussia. We are pleased with the results.

The turnout by candidates and by Coalition members has been gratifying. It seems that our diversity as transportation advocates all united behind the banner of adequate funding lends considerable credibility to our messages.

This outreach initiative stemmed from recognizing there will be considerable turnover in the General Assembly this election cycle, but we have been so pleased with the results that we’re already beginning to think of how we might continue to offer them more frequently.

Three more are scheduled – Friday in Harrisburg, a week later in Scranton and Oct. 22 in State College. We’ll let you know how they go.

Thanks to all the Coalition members who have pitched in to make this a successful endeavor, and to all the candidates who have availed themselves of a chance to learn about transportation issues.

Transportation Issue Update