The Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition brought together a diverse group of transportation advocates under the simple goal of persuading Pennsylvania’s governor and legislators to address the state’s transportation needs. Our efforts helped bring about the passage of Act 89 in 2013, increasing available transportation revenues by $2.3 billion per year.
Although the funding gap has been narrowed, it is still considerable. The Coalition has now turned its attention toward Washington in an effort to encourage Congress and the President to shore up federal funding to enable states to repair and upgrade the nation’s transportation system. Specifically, the Coalition supports a multi-year transportation funding measure that will break the cycle of the stop-gap funding actions that have occurred over the last several years, and which will next expire at the end of May.
The Coalition also seeks to promote the understanding that our transportation system is a single, comprehensive, fully integrated entity incorporating all modes of surface transportation. The effectiveness of this system has a profound effect on our overall quality of life. Materials and products move through air and sea ports, and via rail and trucks, to manufacturers and consumers. People move by air, passenger rail, personal vehicle, public transportation, bicycle and foot for work, school, health care and recreation. Anything that affects an individual mode of transportation affects all modes of transportation, and ultimately, the quality of life.