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SEPTA stresses need for more state funding


Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) General Manager Joseph Casey is urging state lawmakers to resolve Pennsylvania's transit funding crisis.   

During his testimony before the Pennsylvania House Transportation and Policy committees at St. Joseph’s University Friday, Casey cited infrastructure repairs that would not get done without a funding solution.

“Capital investment is essential to ensure that we can maintain safe, efficient operations, and provide service that meets the needs of our customers,” he said.

Transit agencies throughout Pennsylvania have been facing budget deficits since the U.S. Department of Transportation denied Act 44, a proposal by the state to turn Interstate 80 into a toll road.

“The loss of Act 44 funding will deal a major blow to public transit and highways that will translate into fewer permanent jobs, and significantly reduced opportunities for contractors and engineers who support public transit and highway construction and revitalization initiatives,” Casey said. “The commonwealth cannot afford to sustain such job losses or reduced capital investment in its vital transportation infrastructure.”

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