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Pennsylvania sets out $61.9bn transport plan

12 Aug 16 Transportation commissioners in the US state of Pennsylvania have published a 12-year plan that anticipates US$61.9bn (£47.7bn) being spent on improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railways.

"This update reflects the progress we are making, chipping away at our large backlog of pavement and bridge needs while adding some capacity expansion to address long-standing desires for better mobility,” said Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) secretary Leslie Richards. "The new update also includes investments across the modes and underwrites our goal of making sure the people of Pennsylvania have options for their day-to-day travels," she added.

The newly adopted programme, which takes effect on 1 October, anticipates US$11.3bn being available for state highway and bridge projects in the first four years. Public transit is in line for US$8.6bn; aviation, US$354m; rail freight, US$229m and multimodal projects, US$305m.

Four rural planning organisations, 19 metropolitan planning organisations and one independent county partnered with PennDOT in the review and development of the update. The plan will now be reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission is chaired by the secretary of PennDOT and consists of 10 appointed citizens and the majority and minority chairs of the state House and Senate transportation committees.

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