Statement before Glenn A. Walsh
Governor Rendell’s Telephone: 412-561-7876
Transit Funding Electronic Mail: < email@example.com >
Proposal Internet Web Site: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >
2005 July 20
Good afternoon. I am Glenn A.
Today, again, you will consider a short-term solution to the financial problems of the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT). Governor Ed Rendell has proposed to “flex” $113.5 million in funds, originally proposed for highway spending, for Port Authority operating needs. This time, instead of a three-month “fix,” this will resolve PAT’s operating problems for a year-and-a-half.
As I mentioned to you last month, this flexing of Federal highway funds is necessary to give the Governor’s blue-ribbon panel, on long-term transit funding, the ample time and opportunity it needs to conduct fact-finding and make recommendations to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. This should also give the General Assembly time to act on those recommendations.
Only the General Assembly can
effect long-term change, to assist PAT and other
This is why the proposed funding flex is needed. Without this flex of funds, there will be a great deal of pain and inconvenience suffered by PAT users, while legislative politics slowly grinds to a long-term transit funding solution.
I urge you to give the time needed for the blue-ribbon panel to complete its assigned task and the time needed for the General Assembly to implement their recommendations. Vote yes, on the $113.5 million “flex” funds, as requested by State Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler, on behalf of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.