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8/8/2006



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Pennsylvania to pony up more than $5 billion for public transit and freight-rail improvements the next four years



Last week, the Pennsylvania Transportation Commission approved a 12-year plan that calls for providing about $40 billion to improve freight-rail, public transit, highway and aviation infrastructure.

During the next four fiscal years (from Oct. 1, 2006, to Sept. 30, 2010), the commission will provide about $9 billion for highway and bridge projects, $5.4 billion for public transit improvements, $614 million for aviation projects and $174 million for freight-rail improvements.

The commission comprises 10 appointees, several private citizens, and the majority and minority chairmen of the state House and Senate transportation committees. Under state law, the commission must review and update the 12-year plan every two years.


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