Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Billions urged for Pa. transit

....The problem, as portrayed by the committee report, is immense: Of the state's 25,000 bridges, more than 5,600, or about 22 percent, are structurally deficient. Travel delays caused by congestion have doubled in the last 25 years and are projected to increase 50 to 60 percent by 2035. Most roads were constructed in the 1960s or earlier and need to be rebuilt. Mass-transit agencies, such as SEPTA, are saddled with decrepit stations, outdated fare systems, and worn-out power networks.

Additional funding of $3.5 billion, including local funding, would allow the state to rebuild 500 bridges a year for the next 10 years and 300 bridges a year for 10 years after that, reducing the percentage of structurally deficient bridges to 5 percent.

It would also permit transit systems to add new bus routes and commuter rail service, and limit fare hikes.... philly.com

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