Gov. Tom Corbett has signed an executive order creating a Transportation Funding Advisory Commission to develop innovative solutions to Pennsylvania’s mounting transportation funding challenges.
“We need a comprehensive, strategic blueprint for how we pay for years of underinvestment in our roads, bridges, and mass transit systems and I have directed PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch to lead the commission to explore our financial options,” Corbett said.
“Pennsylvanians expect and deserve to have a transportation system that improves not just their safety, but their overall quality of life. The time has come to put a financial plan in place that not only addresses our transportation needs but also takes into account our nation’s energy objectives and realities.”
The governor tasked the group to make its recommendations by Aug. 1. The panel’s first meeting was on April 25. Named to the commission were:
Patrick Henderson — Commonwealth Energy Executive
Michael Krancer — acting Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection
Alan Walker — Secretary, Department of Community & Economic Development
Charles Zogby — Commonwealth Budget Secretary
Janet Anderson — Northwest Regional Planning and Development Commission
Richard Barcaskey — Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania
John Brenner — Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities
Tom Caramanico — McCormick Taylor Inc.
J. Randolph Cheetham — CSX Transportation
James Decker — Stroud Township
Joe DeMott — McKean County commissioner
Richard Farr — Pennsylvania Public Transit Association/York County Transportation Authority
Mike Fesen — Norfolk Southern Corp.
Michael Flanagan — Clinton County Economic Partnership
Elam Herr — Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors
Dale High — High Industries Inc.
Kevin Johnson — SEPTA
Robert Kinsley — Kinsley Construction Co.
Robert Latham — Associated Pennsylvania Constructors
Frederick LaVancher — Tioga County
Tom Lawson — Borton-Lawson Architecture & Engineering
Ted Leonard — Pennsylvania AAA Federation
Brad Mallory — Michael Baker Corp.
Ron Marino — Citigroup Infrastructure
Hugh Mose — Centre Area Transportation Authority
Ross Myers — American Infrastructure
Tim Reddinger — Clarion County commissioner
Carol Rein — Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Jim Runk — Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association
Robert Shaffer — Aviation Advisory Committee/Dubois Airport
Craig Shuey — Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
Jeff Stover — SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority
Rob Wonderling — Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Dennis Yablonsky — Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Zell — Zell Engineers Inc.
“I am grateful to all the commission members for contributing their time, knowledge and insight to helping Pennsylvania move toward a new decade of transportation improvements,” said Schoch. “I am committed to delivering a sound and effective blueprint for funding our state’s transportation investments that benefits our economy and our residents.”
For more information, visit www.tfac.pa.gov or www.dot.state.pa.us.