In order for our region to remain economically competitive, we cannot build our way out, rather we need to develop creative solutions to reducing congestion. GVF continues to be a leader in advocating for transportation funding for our region, as well as advancing creative solutions, such as TDM.
One way we accomplish this is through our advocacy. GVF organized a Legislative visit in Harrisburg on October 30. We were joined by about a dozen of our partners and with a unified message, we met with elected officials and their staffers to talk about creative ways to fund transportation, as well as reducing congestion.
Did you know the Philadelphia metro region has experienced a 22% increase in auto emissions since 1990? This is according to a recent New York Times article, which also indicates transportation as the largest source of emissions and the bulk of those emissions come from driving single occupancy vehicles. Therefore, GVF continues to educate our partners, and elected officials that transportation demand management (TDM) strategies are viable tools to helping to reduce congestion.
In order to advance this agenda, GVF has developed several legislative priorities:
Further investment in Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs
Formation of a state-wide TDM committee
Continued investment in infrastructure throughout Pennsylvania
Emphasis on the current maintenance of the transportation system
Increase transit funding
King of Prussia Rail
Transit alternative along Route 422 Corridor
Amend the PA vehicle code to integrate emerging technologies
Focus on environmental impact to the system and encourage reduction in SOV trips
During our time in Harrisburg, GVF facilitated and met with following legislators and staffers, where we discussed the above legislative priorities. GVF looks forward to continuing to work with our partners to help advance issues at the state level.
Representative Mike Carroll, Minority Chair of Transportation Committee
Representative Tim Hennessey, Majority Chair of Transportation Committee
Senator John Sabatina, Minority Chair of Transportation Committee and his Executive Director of Transportation Committee, Jason Gerard
Nolan Richie, Executive Director for Transportation Committee, Office of Senator Kim Ward, Majority Chair of Transportation Committee
Representative Matt Bradford, Majority Chair of Appropriations
Representative Tim Briggs, Minority Chair of Judiciary Committee
Rob Henry, Executive Director, GVF
Maureen Farrell, Deputy Executive Director, GVF
Eric Frary, Vice President, Michael Baker International, Chair of GVF Public Policy Council
Dan Kerr, Manager, Limerick Township, Vice Chair of GVF Public Policy Council
Jeff Guzy, Executive Director, RK&K, GVF Board President
Jody Holton, Executive Director, Montgomery County Planning Commission, GVF Board Member
Andy Rau, Partner, Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, GVF Board Member
Eric Persson, Economic Development Specialist, Lower Merion Township
Dave Azzato, Senior Transportation Leader, Traffic Planning & Design