Malvern, PA – Through the Commonwealth’s Act 89 funding, bridges and roadways are continuing to expand and be rehabilitated. Although the construction projects can be frustrating to the daily commuter, these investment help grow Chester County’s already thriving economy in the long-term.
Short-term, state funding can only get the County so far. Congress has yet to pass a long-term federal transportation bill and soon, the lack of a funding commitment will affect the way we commute and live. If no bill is passed, USDOT expects the federal government to run out of money for infrastructure projects by June 2016. The improvements the Commonwealth is making within the County will no longer be accessible. Commuter benefits and alternative mode programs that are important to TMA’s and regions like the Delaware Valley could be reduced, road capacity could diminish, traffic will continue to grow worse without the enhancements to highway, and commuter rail improvements would be reduced.
As the fight continues within Congress to pass a transportation bill, we must think about what components are valuable for Pennsylvania. The Transportation Management Association of Chester County posed the question to seasoned professionals, who will be voicing their thoughts and insights in October at their Fall Luncheon.
“As commuters and daily users of our County’s transportation infrastructure, we should be concerned about what happens to the funding of one of our nation’s most crucial assets,” says Executive Director, P. Timothy Phelps. “TMACC decided to use our Fall Luncheon as an opportunity to educate the business community in Chester County on what are important steps in solving this transportation funding crisis.”
As panelists, TMACC has invited Eric G Madden from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and Barry Seymour from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Eric G Madden has been the Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania chapter of ACEC since 2011. Madden has a heavy background in transportation as well – in 2008, he was appointed Deputy Secretary of Aviation and Rail Freight for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and in 2003, he was appointed Policy Director for the Department of Transportation.
Barry Seymour serves as Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), one of the nation’s largest and most respected Metropolitan Planning Organizations. DVRPC is the regional planning forum for the Greater Philadelphia region, with a focus on transportation, land use, the environment and economic growth.
“Seymour and Madden have worked closely with this region for many years now,” continued Phelps, “They have the knowledge and insights to explain what impacts a bill would have on Pennsylvania and how it would affect our everyday life. We’re interested to see what they will discuss and the changes it could make for the audience that afternoon.”
The event is open to the public to register. The event will take place on Friday, October 9th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Chester Valley Golf Club.