'Greening' of Paris Rough on Motorists
by Eleanor Beardsley
Weekend Edition Saturday, December 23, 2006 · The mayor of Paris is widening sidewalks and expanding green spaces. Pedestrians may like this new Paris, but it is frustrating to many motorists.
The Transportation Funding and Reform Commission, directed in 2005 to examine the funding crisis plaguing Pennsylvania’s highway, bridge and transit systems, had produced a preliminary report of its inital findings. The Transportation Funding and Reform Commission has completed its final report in November. The full report can be viewed as a PDF by clicking on the cover of the report below.
A report recommends raising the gas tax 12.5 cents a gallon for roads, bridges and transit.
Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Higher gas taxes. Steeper car registration fees. Hikes in local realty transfer taxes, wage taxes or sales taxes. Perhaps even a lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
That politically risky prescription for fixing Pennsylvania's crumbling network of roads and bridges and ailing public transit was presented to state legislators yesterday by a bipartisan advisory commission. At least $1.7 billion in new funding annually, the panel said, is needed to prop up the transportation system....