News for Immediate Release
Nov. 25, 2013
Governor Corbett Signs Comprehensive Transportation Legislation
Bipartisan Support Fuels Needed Bridge,
Road Repairs and Upgrades; Funds Transit Systems
Potters Mills – Governor Tom Corbett today signed into
law House Bill 1060, Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive piece of state
transportation legislation in decades.
The transportation package will keep Pennsylvania safe and
economically competitive by investing an additional $2.3 to $2.4 billion into
the state’s roads and bridges by the fifth year of the plan and providing
funding for transit systems across the state.
Corbett signed the bill today in Centre County. He was joined by supporters
of the bill, local legislators and other dignitaries.
“Today I put my signature on Pennsylvania’s passport for the
future,” Corbett said. “Through
bipartisan spirit and an agreement that crossed party lines it shows that
Pennsylvania is a state in which moderation, careful thought and good faith
still play a large role in how we govern.
Pennsylvania is a state that puts progress ahead of party lines with a common
goal of serving our citizens.’’
“This is an investment in the safety of our citizens and the
progress of our economy. It will create more jobs and keep Pennsylvanians
moving across safe, world-class highways and bridges,” Corbett said.
By the fifth year of the plan, the transportation package will
invest an additional:
- $1.3 billion annually for state roads and bridges;
- $480 million to $495 million annually for public transportation;
- $237 million annually for local roads and bridges;
- $144 million annually in a multi-modal fund;
- $30 million annually for dirt, gravel and low-volume roadways; and
- $86 million annually for Pennsylvania Turnpike expansion projects.
Partial funding for the new transportation package is being
derived from the elimination of the flat 12-cent gas tax and
modernizing an outdated transportation financing structure through the
uncapping of the wholesale, Oil Company Franchise Tax.
Pennsylvania law states that revenues
from fuel taxes must be directed to highway and bridge-related costs and state
police patrol functions and not used for any other purpose.
Many road and bridge projects are slated to start
next spring. Also, because of this investment, transit systems in the state
will continue to be able to operate without interruption.
we worked together, we can now put shovels in the ground and rebuild our
transportation system,” Corbett said. “The men and women who stood for this
bill understand that compromise is not surrender, but rather a path to
For more information on transportation funding and to view a
comprehensive list of transportation projects, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
Steve Chizmar, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Rich Kirkpatrick, PennDOT; 717-783-8800