Former Pa. lawmaker, business leader says now is the time to fix Pennsylvania's transportation network

Mark Abrams
December 28, 2019 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A task force report focusing on critical weaknesses in Pennsylvania's transportation network was released in Harrisburg as the year drew to a close. A former state lawmaker who now runs the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is calling it a good starting point for action. 

Rob Wonderling has been president and CEO of the chamber for more than 10 years. Before that, he spent more than six years as a state Senator and served as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

While he has seen many reports like the most recent one released by the House Republicans some weeks ago, Wonderling says each advances the conversation about the clear need to do something — and soon.

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"This should not just be a topic for policy wonks or traffic engineers, but really citizens — in this case 6 million or so in the greater Philadelphia region — that sit in traffic every day. Dare I say I think investment in infrastructure might be the new populist issue of the day," he said.

Wonderling says citizens are beginning to organize on the issues and demand accountability from their lawmakers. 

He says it's crucial for them to put partisan differences aside so they can open a dialogue on the tough decisions that have to be made on investing in the state's transportation future.