Monday, January 16, 2012

House Committee Hears Lock and Dam Woes

Last week, Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch and I appeared before the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss declining conditions of our transportation infrastructure. While the Secretary was focused primarily on highway issues, his Transportation Finance Advisory Committee did call for the creation of $12 million to $24 million intermodal fund, under which ports would be eligible to compete for funding. More importantly, I was especially pleased with the interest from the Committee about the serious conditions and economic importance of the waterways.

Today, NPR's Pittsburgh affiliate WESA gave the hearing, and especially our lock and dam issue and the role of the PPC, considerable attention. While the lock and dam infrastructure is maintained by the federal government, cost shared with industry, the PPC operational funding comes largely from the Commonwealth. Click here to read their report.

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