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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 11, 2019
Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Review Updated Transportation Performance Report, Provide Feedback and Register for Online Public Meeting
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians can view ratings of the state's efforts in transportation safety, mobility, system preservation, and accountability by way of the 2019 Transportation Performance Report, viewable at www.TalkPATransportation.com.
Residents are also encouraged to visit the website to provide input on their transportation priorities and to register for an interactive online public meeting to be held on March 20.
"This report is a true reflection of the department’s focus on safety," PennDOT Secretary and State Transportation Commission (STC) Chairwoman Leslie S. Richards said. "We ask the public to review the report and share their input during our open public comment period March 11 through April 26."
The biennial report is a combined effort of the STC, the State Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and PennDOT. The report is the first step in the state's transportation program planning process and helps to evaluate the system's performance and opportunities for progress. Public input is also a vital part of the process to develop the commonwealth's blueprint of prioritized transportation projects - the Twelve Year Transportation Program.
The online public meeting will be held from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, March 20. During the live online meeting, Richards will provide an update on the Transportation Performance Report and the public comment period. Richards will answer questions submitted before and during the meeting.
Questions may be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through April 26, the public can also submit feedback by taking the survey online at www.TalkPATransportation.com, emailing email@example.com, or calling 717-783-2262, 7:30 AM - 4 PM to request a printed survey copy.
"Our customers are encouraged to join us in the planning process," Richards said. "These online tools allow citizens to provide input and feedback to us at their convenience."
The 2019 report rated most focus areas, in safety, mobility and accountability, as as good or marginal showing that opportunities for improvement exist in areas such as older driver fatalities. The state’s preservation focus areas, such as state bridge conditions, continue to improve with PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement project.
Accompanying the release of the 2019 Transportation Performance Report is the Risks to Transportation Funding Report. This report identifies $18.5 billion transportation funds at risk over the next 12 years. This report can also be viewed at, www.TalkPATransportation.com.
The 2019 Transportation Performance report will continue to be updated every two years. The 15-member STC includes the Transportation Secretary, 10 private citizens appointed by the governor, and the majority and minority chairs of the state Senate and House Transportation Committees. The TAC is a 30-member body that assists the state Transportation Secretary and STC.
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Waters-Trasatt, 717 783-8800