Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards recently wrote a letter to state lawmakers warning that proposed budget cuts would impact current and pending projects. These cuts, which total more than half a billion dollars, could result in service reductions of more than 30 percent as well as fare increases, according to Richards. The proposed $120 million cut to the Multimodal Transportation Fund would jeopardize projects across the state, Richards said.
“Many regional transportation systems across the state could be deeply impacted by these proposed cuts,” said Buchanan’s Debby Stark. “This plan has already received some pushback from both sides of the aisle, and we anticipate that it will undergo significant changes before being approved by the state senate or the Governor. That being said, some level of cuts are possible and transportation systems need to be actively monitoring this situation.”