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Provisions of the Pa. transportation funding bill

November 19, 2013
Associated Press

Provisions of the transportation funding legislation considered Tuesday by the Pennsylvania House:


— Generates at least $2.3 billion per year after a five-year period by increasing taxes and fees on motorists; generates $7.36 billion total over the first five years.


— Directs $1.65 billion per year to highway and bridge construction and repair by the fifth year, including $220 million annually for locally owned roads and bridges.

— Directs $476 million to $497 million per year to mass transit agencies by the fifth year.

— Directs $144 million per year for a newly created "multimodal" fund in fifth year that includes airports, rail freight lines, passenger rail lines, ports, waterways, bicycle lanes and pedestrian paths.


— Repeals 12 cents per gallon tax paid at the pump, but increases wholesale tax by same amount.

— Raises wholesale gas taxes that are imposed on sale of fuel to gas station owners by 28.5 cents per gallon at the pump, based on the average wholesale price in use for 2013.


— Increases renewal fee on noncommercial licenses from $21 to $22 beginning in 2015 and from $22 to $23 beginning in 2017.


— Increases fine for failure to obey traffic control devices to $150 from $25.


— Increases annual registration fees on owners of passenger cars, motorcycles, pickup trucks, classic cars, commercial and non-commercial trucks, buses, school buses, limousines and motor homes.

— Increases various PennDOT fees, including license plates, overweight/oversized hauling permits, occupational limited licenses, commercial driver licenses and probationary licenses.


— Exempts transportation projects costing $100,000 or less from laws that set minimum wages for trades. Current exemption covers projects costing $25,000 or less.

Source: House Republicans, AP.



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