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Monday, December 11, 2006

Why Does the Lehigh Valley not have major public transit-- SEE SEPTA

There was a discussion of this on on true Democrats http://thetruedemocratsoflehighcounty.blogspot.com/2006/11/another-rail-option.html Well very simply the reason we don't have public transit of very much substance is a 5 letter acronym SEPTA or Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation authority. or as I like to call it the Southeastern Pennsylvania money pit. Beyond sucking up most of the state's Public Transit fundings. It also has a $1 tire tax, 1% extra tax on Leased vehicles,rented Vehicles,and 1.22% of the state sales tax, plus 400 million dollars in federal highway funding. Beyond that now they want to add additional .89% onto the property transfer tax in Pennsylvania,11.5 cent increase in the gas tax, to make up for it's 55 to 70 million dollar shortfall. So if you wonder why we can't get mass transit in the Lehigh valley such as rail service just look south

2 Comments:

  • My Mom told me many stories of riding the trolleys in allentown after WWII, and I rode the trains all over Europe when we were stationed in Germany. Your problem is the over bloated Bureaucracy that pisses money away like water, as the old man says.
    We shouldln't just be privatizing the Turnpike, I say privatize Septa, Use Public financing to build a rail infrastructure here in the valley, then privatize it to get the money back. Government is too short sighted.

    By Blogger Dem Fly on the wall, at 3:44 PM  

  • We don't have it, but we need it. There is no reason we shouldn't at the very minimum be exploring the rahabilitation of rail service to New York city along the I-78 corridor.

    By Blogger Chris Casey, at 10:12 AM  

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