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Brewster Releases Statement on Senate Passage of Transportation Funding Legislation

Following overwhelming Senate support of the $2.5 billion transportation funding, state Sen. James Brewster today released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 1:

“This measure is a positive first step toward improving Pennsylvania’s ailing transportation system. If this measure is signed into law, after it clears the state House, it will create tens of thousands of construction jobs, boost local economies and maintain public safety throughout Pennsylvania.

“There is great concern regarding the condition of our many roads and bridges and how safe they are for motorists. I am pleased that this legislation could address those concerns through construction and repair initiatives. Plus, it provides a significant and sustainable investment in mass transit and our ports and rail infrastructure.

“This initiative would also generate an influx of construction jobs and ancillary businesses and suppliers which will result in more Pennsylvania workers gaining good, family sustaining jobs. Each region of Pennsylvania will receive an economic boost from this measure.

“This plan could also mean greater mass transit access for citizens in the Mon Valley, East Hills and Allegheny Valley -- communities that desperately need a modern transportation system. Business retention and expansion will result from improved mass transit. The Chambers of Commerce have made the needs of their members known and this legislation will help meet them. Hospitals and Universities will benefit as well from these improvements.”

“As important, I was reassured that Turnpike expansion projects, including the Mon-Fayette Expressway, remain a priority in Act 61. That is an important future project that will bring dividends to the entire region and serve local commuters and motorists for years to come.”

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