Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Austin Davis visits Pittsburgh amid push to increase public transit funding

$1.5 billion is how much Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro wants to increase state funding for public transportation in the next five years as a part of his budget proposal.

Millions of that would go towards Pittsburgh Regional Transit, which Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis took a ride on Friday morning. However, there’s some criticism that much more money is going to systems on the east side of the state.

“”Without transit, our region’s economy would come to a screeching halt,”” Davis said.

Davis said that’s the key focus of their investments in transportation.

A little more than $280 million would go towards public transit across the state in the next year. $40 million of that would go to the PRT, but at least half would go to Philadelphia and its suburban counties to help a troubled transit system called SEPTA.

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