What Transportation Future, Greater Philadelphia?

Continued investment in our transportation infrastructure is key to creating jobs and growing the economy in Pennsylvania. That’s been the core message of PenTrans since our founding. But the way that transportation will be funded is more uncertain than ever. And what the best transportation projects would be to increase mobility, and strengthen communities, is also evolving with new technology and the resurgence of density.

How do we pay for transportation? And how do we make smart investments that maximize mobility and prepare us for a bright future?

These will be the topics for discussion on June 5 at the next PenTrans breakfast panel discussion in Philadelphia. Join us as we identify the most pressing topics facing Philadelphia and Pennsylvania for further exploration at future PenTrans events.

With an eye on our panel discussion, our links in this newsletter spur thinking on the future of transportation.
Tuesday, June 5
8:00 am to 10:00 am at the Racquet ClubJoin us for a discussion with our panel, including:

Barry Seymour, DVRPC
Chris Puchalsky, Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems for the City of Philadelphia
Rich Burnfield, SEPTA Deputy Managing Director

Nick Frontino, Pennsylvania Economy League

Thank you to Portfolio Associates for signing up as our first sponsor of this event! For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alex Doty (215-239-4749 or info@pentrans.org).

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Beverly A. Harper, Portfolio Associates, Inc.
Thomas J. Spearing III, HNTB
Richard Bickel, Consultant
Jeff Roken, Urban Engineers
Peter Angelides, Econsult Solutions
Jill Bolt, Consultant
Lisa Brozey, AECOM
L. Bert Cossaboon, McCormick Taylor
Edward D’Alba, Urban Engineers
Alex Doty, PA for Transit
Patti Gibson, WTS
Jennie Granger, JMT
Joseph Guzzi, HNTB
Jeff Hans, HDR
Devonne Jackson, COMTO
Marilyn Jamison, Michael Baker Corp.
Adam Krom, Amtrak
John McGee, LTK
Marc Preim, STV, Inc.
Anna Lynn Smith, WSP
Mark Stout, Mark Stout Consulting
David Thompson, Jacobs
Richard Voith, Econsult Solutions
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