Big props to Natalia Rudiak and Pittsburghers for Public Transit for pushing an important new position into the transportation funding debate.
So far the statewide debate on transit funding has two main positions:
1. Raise enough money to fund existing routes at current fares, and maybe downsize a bit
We need more voices advocating for a third position: raising enough money to expand transit routes, reduce trip times, reduce fares, or even better, end fare-based transit financing.
Pennsylvania is not some poor state like Alabama. Our big job centers are certainly rich enough to afford world-class transit infrastructure if we’re willing to tax ourselves to raise the money.