Governor Rendell Robs Thruway Project to Fund Transit, Say Schlegel-Culver, Keller

State Reps. Lynda Schlegel-Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) and Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) said today they are angered by Gov. Ed Rendell’s decision to take between $5 million and $6 million in funding away from the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project to support Pittsburgh’s floundering mass transit system.


“Once again, Gov. Rendell shows he can’t stand by his word,” Schlegel-Culver said. “He committed $60 million to this important public safety project, and that’s what he ought to deliver.”


Keller agreed. “It is wrong to take money away from a much-needed highway project to provide what amounts to about three month’s worth of stop-gap funding for a mass transit system that is failing to live up to its local funding obligations.”


In Pittsburgh Thursday, Rendell announced he was committing $45 million to the Port Authority of Allegheny County to help prevent sweeping service cuts and layoffs. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, which previously indicated an unwillingness to take more highway dollars to prop up the port authority’s operations, will have to approve acceptance of the state funding.


Schlegel-Culver, who served on the CSVT Taskforce since 1996, and Keller also noted their frustration with Rendell’s continued willingness to skirt the rules when it comes to transportation funding. The funds Rendell is directing to the authority come from the federal government and must be used for capital improvements that enhance economic development, not for general operating expenses. However, the authority has the ability to shift its own funds around to put the state’s $45 million toward capital expenses.


“Anyone who drives Route 15 along the river knows that building the thruway is not an option – it is a necessity,” Schlegel-Culver said. “We will do everything we can to work with Gov.-elect Corbett and his administration not only to restore the money Gov. Rendell stole from this project but also to increase the state’s commitment to this vital project.”


Rep.-elect Lynda Schlegel-Culver
108th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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Rep.-elect Fred Keller
85th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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