before Glenn A. Walsh
Rendell’s Telephone: 412-561-7876
Funding Electronic Mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: < https://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit
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.