Transportation bill gaining steam in PA House

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 18, 2013 2:02 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A key House Republican negotiator says he's optimistic about the chances for House passage of a plan to fund billions in improvements to Pennsylvania's highways, bridges and mass transit systems.

Dave Thomas, an aide to Speaker Sam Smith, told Capitol reporters Friday that a preliminary vote could occur Wednesday, but some important details remain unresolved.

Thomas says it looks like the total amount will be in the range of $2.2 billion to $2.4 billion a year.  The state Senate voted overwhelmingly in June for a $2.5 billion proposal.

Still undetermined are how much would go to mass transit agencies and whether the plan will unfold over three or five years.

A House Democratic spokesman confirms progress toward a deal is being made. Thomas says talks will continue through the weekend.

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