Hot off of releasing a promising internal poll, former DEP Secretary and Democratic candidate for Governor Katie McGinty yesterday sent out a press release describing her vision for a comprehensive transportation bill. In the release, McGinty called upon Governor Tom Corbett “to work with both sides of the aisle” and “pass a comprehensive transportation bill that includes mass transit, and rebuilding Pennsylvania’s crumbling roads and bridges.”
“Mass transit is an economic lifeline for hundreds of thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians,” McGinty said. “Yet, some in the Legislature would eliminate or severely cut mass transit from this transportation bill. That would impose great hardship on hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who rely on mass transit to get to work, visit their doctors, and do their shopping.”
“Investing in mass transit improves the lives of Pennsylvanians and makes our state more competitive,” she added.
Pennsylvania’s legislature returns from its summer recess next week. Among its top priorities is continued work on a transportation plan that has stalled in the General Assembly, despite being among Governor Corbett’s top priorities. Several members of the Republican Party have threatened to derail any proposal that includes funds for transit system support.
“Rebuilding our state’s infrastructure is crucial to rebuilding our state’s economy and putting people back to work,” McGinty said. “Transit systems across the commonwealth are strained. That hurts Pennsylvania’s competitiveness.”
McGinty explained that mass transit is “among the key factors that companies look at when they are considering where to locate businesses,” and that “young college graduates increasingly are looking for places where they can live, work and play without need of a car.”
“If we want to keep people on the job in Pennsylvania, if we want to create new jobs across our commonwealth, if we want to ensure our state remains an attractive place to do business, then we need to strengthen and modernize our transportation infrastructure,” McGinty said. “That means not only fixing our roads and bridges, but also investing to strengthen mass transit.”
McGinty faces Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Treasurer Rob McCord, former DEP Secretary John Hanger, businessman and Former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, minister Max Myers, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, and former Pa. Auditor General Jack Wagner.