The debate over transportation funding in Pennsylvania is once again pitting urban lawmakers — with a keen interest in supporting mass transit — against rural legislators, more interested in funding roads and bridges.
KYW’s Tony Romeo reports as Governor Rendell made a rare appearance before a state Senate committee to push for transportation funding this past week, Columbia County Republican Senator John Gordner complained about what he believes is a disproportionate amount of state support for mass transit:
“I would ask you would agree that as part of whatever this final deal is that we address roads and bridges 100 percent, rather than throw more money at mass transit?”
Governor Rendell replied that supporting mass transit is necessary to get people out of their cars and take pressure off congested roads:
“So I think we ought to do more for mass transit, and I don’t think it’s an either/or situation.”
And the governor says he may divert more federal transportation dollars to mass transit if lawmakers don’t address the problem this year.