Transportation Bill

06.05.13 | Abby Lutcher

A successful Wednesday vote would send the bill to the House where Republican leaders are skeptical of the $2.5 billion price tag. Gov. Tom Corbett is backing a more modest $1.8 billion proposal. Both plans rely primarily on increasing a wholesale gas tax. On Tuesday, senators amended the bill to allow the transfer of $450 million a year to mass transit agencies from a vehicle sales tax in 2021 if another money source isn't found to replace expiring payments from the Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls. They also amended it to set aside $60 million to help mass transit agencies convert fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas fuel.