Reporting Mike Pintek
PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Secretary, Barry Schoch, took on questions from some of our listeners. Secretary Schoch joined KDKA Radio’s Mike Pintek to find out what is bothering you about transportation.
He began with addressing a reform process of regionalizing transit by merging areas together. The transportation organization needs to consider how each county lives and works to decide how to begin the process. But with this change comes the concern of giving more people the responsibility of paying off the Port Authority’s debt.
“We’re not looking to spread taxes, the costs are separate,” said Secretary Schoch. “For each individual circumstance we will compare and see if regionalizing would help, or if it would create more problems.”
The department has agreed to commit annually $35 million towards funding the Port Authority, as long as the two groups can work together and keep their respective promises.
The secretary announced that the state is planning on getting rid of the stickers on the license.
“If we can work together through public and private partnership then we can provide the best transportation in the future for our customers,” said Secretary Schoch.
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