Sec. Richards leaving PennDOT to take GM role at SEPTA

Sec. Richards leaving PennDOT to take GM role at SEPTA

SEPTA announced Thursday that its board unanimously approved Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards as its new general manager. She’ll succeed the outgoing Jeffrey Knueppel, who retires at the end of the year.
 
Richards was appointed for a second term as PennDOT secretary earlier this year. She took the role in 2015 as part of the new Wolf administration. Richards is a Montgomery County resident and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served on SEPTA’s board earlier in the decade while a county commissioner.
Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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House GOP unveils transportation funding plan, proposes winding down MLF transfers

House GOP unveils transportation funding plan, proposes winding down MLF transfers

House Republicans unveiled their survey of the state’s infrastructure needs Wednesday, calling for a cycling down of transfers from the Motor License Fund to bankroll State Police, as well as a consolidated permit process for major building projects and other items to help boost road and transit construction.

The Republican Transportation Infrastructure Task Force, chaired by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), was rolled out in July, at a time when PennDOT has notified municipalities that the existing pot of transportation dollars is set to shrink.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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With fund transfers set to end, legislators grapple with effects on State Police, roads

With fund transfers set to end, legislators grapple with effects on State Police, roads

When fund transfers from the state’s Motor License Fund to support the Pennsylvania State Police end in 2028, one of the most controversial practices in state politics will come to a close.

Two distinct problems still face the commonwealth, however, which members of both parties readily acknowledge. When the fund transfers taper off, a mechanism for helping fund the State Police with minimal use of the General Fund will end as well, meaning lawmakers will have to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars in monies.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

The House Transportation Committee met Friday in Philadelphia to confront one of the major looming problems in the state’s future: the sunset on $400 million in annual funding that the Pennsylvania Turnpike provides to public transportation.
 
Act 89 of 2013 established the PA Turnpike Commission allocate $450 million annually to public transit and multimodal funding. Those payments will shrink to $50 million as of 2022. 
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Colleagues remember late Rep. Rick Geist as an instrumental figure in transportation policy

Colleagues remember late Rep. Rick Geist as an instrumental figure in transportation policy

Rick Geist, a former Blair County state representative known for his long stint as chairman of the House Transportation Committee, died last week while on a trip to Russia with his wife.

 

Geist represented the 79th House District from 1979 to 2012 — a 34-year career where he became the longest-serving House Transportation Committee Chairman in state history.

Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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