Take Action Now to Expand Transit Funding in PA!
We deserve safe, dignified, reliable, public transportation, and right now the federal government has offered us unprecedented opportunity to achieve these ends.
Today, local governments cannot enact local taxes or fees to raise funds for public transportation initiatives. And with permanently-changed travel patterns since the pandemic, ridership and therefore revenue to maintain current service is facing a major cliff.
An ongoing lack of capital funding, combined with limited local matching funds, has created a backlog of maintenance and improvements that are limiting Pennsylvanians’ access to reliable transit and holding back our economy.
As a result of these restrictions, your local transit agency does not qualify for certain streams of federal transportation dollars. All transit agencies are similarly facing major cuts to service and fare increases without quick action from the state government to ensure stable operating funds.
Show your support by contacting your legislator directly from this page.
The Benefits of Local Transit Funding Control
- Fund key capital projects like the return of the Reading line, the proposed Roosevelt Boulevard Subway, and the expanded East Busway
- Tackle essential maintenance and construction projects, including making all train and trolley stations accessible
- Capitalize on historic federal funds through the Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act.
- Expand public transit access and equity
The Opportunities of Increased Operating Support
Enable faster, more reliable, and more frequent service – the number-one priority of transit riders across demographics
Prevent catastrophic cuts to service and fare increases threatened by transit agencies across the state
Allow agencies breathing room to adjust schedules and routes to meet permanently-altered post-COVID travel patterns
2 Bills, 1 Chance for the Commonwealth
Public transportation operates in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania; this isn’t just an urban issue.
Proposed legislation (HB 1307, HB 902) eliminates barriers to local funding, allowing local experts and lawmakers in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and local governments across the state to plan and prioritize much-needed capital projects.
If passed, this legislation would give local municipalities the freedom to adjust local funding to supplement existing state funding.
Better Transit Now and in the Future
Local control gives SEPTA, PRT and other local transit systems the ability to invest in critical capital projects and maintenance that will ensure safe and reliable ridership for decades to come.
- Reading Line Extension
- Pittsburgh Regional Transit East Busway Extension
- Making all SEPTA stations and vehicles ADA-compliant
A Historic Opportunity
This legislation comes at a critical time, as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for local governments to capitalize on federal funding and dollar-matching programs. Our agencies are also facing major deficits, as COVID emergency funds disappear.