Fact Check: PA Transportation Spending

Gov. Rendell starts his “Tax You More” bus tour today, heading around Pennsylvania to call for more taxes to fill the “transportation funding crisis”. Here are some facts about Pennsylvania transportation spending that may not get mentioned:

  • Since 1995, transportation spending has increased 139%. This includes a 271% increase in mass transit, and a 116% in highway other transportation spending. In addition, transportation bonds increased by 352%.
  • Since Gov. Rendell took offices, transportation spending increased 53% – including a 191% increase in mass transit and a 35% increase in other transportation spending. Add in a 150% increase in debt spending on transportation.

Note that despite this – and Pennsylvania spending more on transportation than almost any other state – the commonwealth has the worst roads in the country. Perhaps the issue is more than a lack of money.

PA Transportation Spending