Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday the timing isn’t right to charge the state’s drivers, who are facing gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, further transportation fees. Last summer, a state commission proposed ways to generate an extra $2.7 billion a year to help maintain bridges and highways, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Many state and locally owned bridges are structurally deficient, state-maintained roads are often in poor condition, and transit agencies are facing budget cuts.
One of the commission’s recommendations was to lift the cap on wholesale gas pricing, which would generate an extra $1.4 billion annually but raise prices at the gas pump by four more cents a gallon.
The Pittsburgh Port Authority itself is facing serious financial issues, with a $64 million deficit that could result in the deepest cuts in the agency's 48-year history.
Pittsburgh City Council members, in a public hearing held Tuesday to discuss the Port Authority’s funding worries, said Corbett and legislators need to provide a funding source just for transit.
However, Corbett — who also has not yet proposed an alternative plan to replace the state commission’s recommendations — said he is "not prepared to do anything" to help the Port Authority until there is action in contract negotiations between the agency and its largest labor union, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85, whose contract expires June 30.
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