TMACC Welcomes Workspace Property Trust to Members

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Workspace Property Trust to our list of members!

Workspace Property Trust (WPT) is a privately held, full-service commercial real estate company specializing in the development, management, and operation of office and flex space in large metropolitan suburbs in six U.S. markets including Malvern, Exton, Wayne and Horsham in Philadelphia.

As part of their goals, WPT aims to provide their tenants with full-service, socially-responsible, and environmentally conscious office spaces, which is why WPT struck up a partnership with us.

“TMACC is an aggregate of transportation resources, information and insight,” said Tony Nichols, WPT Senior Vice President. “Partnering with them will improve Workspace Property Trust’s communications with our tenants and expand on our environmental efforts in office spaces.”

In 2016, WPT acquired 108 office and flex buildings, plus 26.7 acres of land in PA, MN, FL and AZ in a $969 million-dollar deal with Liberty Property Trust. This deal added to their preexisting 2.3 million square-feet, 41 building, portfolio in Horsham, PA; bringing their total to 149 buildings and 10 million square-feet of office and office-flex properties throughout the United States. The acquisition has put them at the forefront of suburban commercial real estate and positioned the company as a leading suburban landlord.

WPT joins a group of members comprised of over 120 corporations, universities, townships, elected officials and governmental agencies that work to improve traffic congestion and air quality in Chester County.

IN NEWS: TMACC Appoints Steve Bolt, Nathan Cline and Katherine Donnelly to Board of Directors

The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) announced the appointment of new Directors to the Board: Steve Bolt, PE, PTOE, Vice President of Transportation at Burns Engineering; Nathan Cline, PE, Office Director at Pennoni; and Katherine Donnelly, Director of Plant Operations at West Chester University.

These three join a board of individuals representing businesses, universities, municipalities, engineering firms, and transportation and governmental agencies, who provide guidance to fulfill the TMACC mission to “activate, foster, and facilitate cooperation between the public and private sectors…that reduce congestion and improve air quality.”

bolt_9830_retouched-new-e1483628542308-1024x696Steve Bolt, PE, PTOE, is Vice President of Transportation at Burns Engineering.  Steve’s extensive experience includes major highway design projects, environmental impact statements and assessments, route location design, traffic signal system design projects, construction management, highway safety improvement programs, stormwater management, and traffic operations studies.  He has been involved in more than 50 major highway and intersection improvement projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.  In addition to serving on the TMACC Board, Steve leads the Design Technical Advisory Group for the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) to develop and implement cost effective and innovative project design technologies throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and is a Past-President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania.  Steve is a lifelong resident of Chester County.

clineNathan M. Cline, PE, serves as Office Director for Pennoni’s West Chester, PA office. Nate is responsible for public and private client services and business development efforts for the office and for managing the success and growth of the West Chester staff and projects. Nate serves as township engineer for many of Pennoni’s municipal clients in both Chester and Delaware counties. He has managed a wide array of projects, including a $2.5 million athletic field complex in Concord Township, multiple successful grant applications, annual road programs of over $400,000, road replacement projects, UCC reviews and inspections, storm and sanitary sewer capital projects, subdivision/land development reviews, and construction observation.

img_6990Katherine Donnelly, is Director of Plant Operations at West Chester University.  Kate is responsible for facilities maintenance in the Plant Operations Department including management of trades, energy management, auxiliary maintenance, and small projects management.  Before her position at WCU, she was Senior Property Management Specialist at Exelon and Assistant Facilities Manager at Longwood Gardens.  She has a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and experience in facility and capital project management in higher education, a not-for-profit institution, and the petroleum refining industry.

“These individuals and their experience will be invaluable assets as we work to reduce congestion and improve air quality in Chester County,” said Tim Phelps, Executive Director of TMACC, “We are excited to have these new additions to our dynamic Board of Directors.”

Currently, TMACC has over 120 member organizations who strive to improve transportation options and reduce transportation issues, such as traffic congestion and connectivity, in Chester County and the Greater Philadelphia area.

TMACC Delivers 1,500+ Gifts to Coatesville VA Medical Center

12192016_group_vidOver 1,500 gifts were delivered to the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Monday by TMACC and volunteers.

After weeks of collecting, wrapping and sorting, all of our efforts have finally come to a close!  On Monday, with the help of many volunteers and the ChescoBus, TMACC delivered the 1,500+ gifts to the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Representative Harry Lewis Jr. 

As volunteers ushered gifts into the Great Hall, the Coatesville Area High School band played Christmas music – further improving the already festive moods of the morning.

Among volunteers were Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester), Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) and Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Montgomery/Chester) who were grateful to see another successful drive going to a good cause.  “Our Veterans often get overlooked; it’s great to see such a flourishing program that helps our Vets.” said Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester).

TMACC would like to thank Citadel Banking for their support of the program and to the following organizations and individuals for donating: McMahon Associates, American Executive Centers, Burns Engineering, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, DivisionOne, Pennoni, Dascanio Barber Shop, Summerfield Homes in Frazer, the Chester County Commissioner’s Office, Representative Becky Corbin, Representative Harry L12222015_22ewis, Representative Warren Kampf, Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Bob Casey Jr.

 

We would also like to recognize and give a huge thank you to staff member, Betty Shaw.  Without her, none of this program would be possible.  She wraps and sorts all of the gifts herself, pushes each of our members to get to our goal, and keeps the holiday spirit alive in the office.

TMACC’s Veterans Gift Drive Program is operated through our charity, FIT (the Foundation for the Improvement of Transportation).  Contact us to learn about more of the programs we have through FIT!

To view more photos from the day, visit our Flickr page here.

 

 

Become a Transportation Activist: USDOT Creates Transit Toolkit for the Public

transit-toolkitOn Tuesday, the USDOT Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx made an announcement of the DOT’s new toolkit for the public called: Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy.  As Foxx put it the “Leadership Academy can help emerging unrepresented community leaders – people with great ideas but who may not be experts in transportation – to work their local and state transportation agencies in a proactive, constructive way.”

USDOT is acknowledging that although you may not have a planning or engineering degree, you are the ones using the roadways, railways, sidewalks and trails in your community every day.  The experience you have makes you an expert in your own right; and USDOT wants to make sure your thoughts and ideas are heard.

In the Leadership Academy resource guide, USDOT has the following set of tools for you to use:

  1. The Transportation Toolkit explains the basics using clear design and plain language. This Toolkit helps people figure out how to be effective in transportation decisions. For example, it explains how to find good data to show the need for a transportation project and when may be the best time to contact an agency with an idea.
  2. For people who want a high-level overview, the Quick Guide introduces you to the content of the Toolkit in a short, colorful booklet.
  3. For people interested in learning more, an Online Resource Library has resources with more detail on topics like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and civil rights laws.
  4. A Facilitator’s Guide can help emerging community leaders lead their own Leadership Academy through a set of activities that help participants learn the content of the Toolkit.

If you are currently facing a transportation problem in your township, this toolkit could be a great benefit for you.  If you have questions about the toolkit, contact TMACC to get assistance!

600 Gifts and Counting! Help us help our Vets this Holiday Season

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UPDATE on December 15, 2016: We have reached our goal of 1,000 and are currently at 1,378 gifts!  Today is the final day to drop off gifts!

We really like to achieve our goals at TMACC.

Which is why we we’re pushing you to help us get to our goal of 1,000 gifts for our Veterans Gift Drive this year.

For the past three years, TMACC has been hosting a gift drive for the Veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Veterans Multi-Service Center.  The patients from the VA use our public transportation service, ChesCoBus, to travel throughout Western Chester County.   Our staff member, Betty Shaw, thought it was a good idea to give back to our Vets who use our service, hence the Veterans Gift Drive.  Thankfully, the Veterans Multi-Service Center knew exactly where to position our efforts.

Each year, the VMC partners with the VA to find permanent housing for homeless veterans throughout Greater Philadelphia.  If you can recall moving into your first apartment or home, you can remember how much of a financial strain is was to purchase everything.  Bedding, lights, kitchen appliances, cleaning supplies….The list goes on and on.  Now try and imagine starting completely from scratch.  That’s what these Veterans are doing.  To contribute, TMACC focuses its Gift Drive on the VMC’s permanent housing program to help make the move easier on these Veterans.

As of today, TMACC has 608 gifts; up 200% compared to this time last year.  We’re not getting excited yet though; we still have a long way to go.

We are collecting gifts until December 15th!  Stop by our office anytime during the week to drop off gifts.  If you need more of an incentive, drop off your gifts on Tuesday, December 13th from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  We are hosting our Holiday Open House that day where there will be lots of food and holiday cheer.

For a full list of gift items, click here or contact us at 610-993-0911.

A big thanks to our supporters Citadel, the County of Chester, McMahon Associates, Pennoni, and American Executive Centers for helping us get the word out!

“Safety Must Be at the Forefront of Planning” – TMACC Hosts Luncheon on Autonomous Vehicles

On Friday, December 2nd the Transportation Management Association of Chester County hosted a Luncheon at the Chester Valley Golf Club to discuss the future of autonomous vehicles and their implementation.

As guest speakers, TMACC featured Dr. Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University’s Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering to discuss the positive impact autonomous vehicles will have on our community; and Roger Cohen, PennDOT’s Policy Director to provide the status of Pennsylvania’s policies on highly automated vehicles (HAVs).  Their main message throughout the discussion was that safety must be at the forefront of planning.

“In the world today, in terms of vehicle fatalities, it like a jumbo jet crashing every five days.” Said Cohen.

“People don’t want to drive their car anymore, they want to entertain themselves!” Dr. Kornhauser explained in his speech, “Driving is getting in the way of entertainment, so what do we do?  We continue to distract ourselves while putting other drivers at risk.”

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Dr. Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University

 

Dr. Kornhauser’s argument was to encourage the creation of automated vehicles because they will make our world safer.  Instead of focusing on the implementation of autonomous vehicles, he spoke on the positive impact the technology will have once they are on roads.  “It is inevitable that we will implement smart driving technology, it is time to discuss what the impact of this new technology will be on the future.”

According to Dr. Kornhauser, the impact will be huge.  Not only does he believe it will reduce congestion, but it will also decrease fatalities by 50% by removing the major flaw in transportation systems: humans.  Today’s congestion will be a thing of the past because automated vehicles will be programmed to pick up multiple commuters in the area who are traveling to the same destination.  “Mobility will be delivered like a service in the future.” Stated Dr. Kornhauser, “You will choose when you need a vehicle and the car will come to you!  There will be no need to own your own vehicle.”

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Roger Cohen, PennDOT

Roger Cohen discussed the importance of planning for autonomous vehicles.  “The future of transportation is automated.  It’s coming and we need to be prepared.” Said Cohen.  He stated that PennDOT’s main focus is on safety and infrastructure maintenance to accommodate for the new technology.  “Keeping the infrastructure in a state of good repair will be key.  Automated vehicles will not be able to operate at optimal c
apacity if the roads are not up to par.”

Just four days after the meeting, the State’s Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force, co-chaired by Cohen, released its recommendations to PennDOT’s Secretary Leslie S. Richards for developing policies to oversee testing of highly automated vehicles (HAVs).  They will be holding an on-line public forum on December 12 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM to review the policy.

The event had over 100 in attendance and was hosted at the Chester Valley Golf Club in Malvern.  To learn more about TMACC and its projects, visit www.tmacc.org.

Sponsors for the Fall Luncheon included: McMahon Associates, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Burns Engineering, Traffic Planning & Design, Pennoni,  Saul Ewing, Gannett Fleming, AVE, and DVRPC.

SEPTA Delays Expected to Last Through Summer

From Daily Local News By Lucas Rodgers:

TMACC’s Executive Director, P. Timothy Phelps, spoke with Daily Local News about the SEPTA Regional Rail problems last week.  Below, is the article Phelps is featured.  Enjoy!

On an average day, the trains on SEPTA’s (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) Regional Rail lines carry about 130,000 people back and forth between Center City Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, according to SEPTA’s Revenue and Ridership Report for fiscal year 2016.

However, SEPTA’s daily ridership and schedules for the Regional Rail will be anything but average for the foreseeable future, as more than 100 railcars are out of service, due to a structural defect in the newer trains.

SEPTA announced on July 3 that it had identified a defect in the Silverliner V railcars and would remove all 120 of them from service. The structural defect – cracking in the main suspension systems on the railcars – was first discovered in the early morning on July 1, by SEPTA railroad vehicle maintenance personnel.

SEPTA has since inspected all of its Silverliner Vs and found that one of the cars had a fractured beam, and all but five of the other cars had fatigue cracks in their suspension systems. The Silverliner Vs comprise about one third of the Regional Rail fleet, and contain 13,000 seats that will now be unavailable.

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The reduction of railcars in SEPTA’s Regional Rail fleet is already causing plenty of headaches for commuters who rely on the trains to travel in and out of the city for work, school or other reasons. Trains are running less frequently, and it has led to delays and crowded railcars, with some trains even having to skip stations if they’re filled to capacity.

Rob Henry, executive director of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVF), said the reduced service is certainly affecting commuters in the area. He said the heaviest impact is probably on residents traveling from suburban areas to Center City, as opposed to people traveling out of the city.

Henry said there are a lot of people in the area who commute both ways, so GVF advocates for people to utilize alternative forms of transit or ride bikes if they can. He said delays on Regional Rail are really heavy during the peak travel times, like in the morning and evening rushes, so it helps if businesses allow their employees to telework or use flextime. There is a need for companies to plan ahead, and have a long-term strategy thinking about how people get to and from work, and where they’re coming from, and have systems in place for when things like this happen, he said.

SEPTA announced on Friday that it would be implementing an interim weekday schedule for Regional Rail lines starting Monday. The interim schedule will be in place until at least Labor Day, SEPTA officials said during a news conference on Friday at SEPTA’s headquarters in Center City.

Eight of the Regional Rail lines will operate on the interim schedule during the week: Trenton, Manayunk/Norristown, Media/Elwyn, Lansdale/Doylestown, West Trenton, Chestnut Hill East, Wilmington/Newark, and Paoli/Thorndale. Under the interim weekday schedule, each of those lines will have an extra train that will run earlier than the normal Saturday schedule, and additional trains will be added to the a.m. and p.m. travel periods, but all available equipment has to be spread out over SEPTA’s entire railroad network so the extra service will not reflect normal weekday frequency levels, according to SEPTA’s website. Amtrak will also increase the capacity of its Keystone trains, which run along the Paoli/Thorndale Line.

“Customers should be prepared for crowding on trains,” SEPTA said. “Because of the continued reduced seating capacity and out of a concern for the safe travel of customers, some trains may not be able to stop to pick up additional riders, especially at stations closer to Center City.“

Four of the Regional Rail lines will operate on a current Saturday schedule during the week, with no additional enhancements or adjustments: Airport, Chestnut Hill West, Fox Chase, and Warminster. The Cynwyd Line is operating shuttle buses, which will make stops at Cynwyd, Bala, Wynnefield, and 30th Street Station.

In an effort to bolster its Regional Rail fleet without the Silverliner Vs, SEPTA has leased equipment from other companies, including: two locomotives and five passenger cars from Amtrak; one locomotive and eight passenger cars from New Jersey Transit (NJT); and five passenger cars from Maryland Area Regional Commuter Train Service (MARC). SEPTA is adding a set of leased vehicles to the Paoli/Thorndale Line, as well as three additional Bryn Mawr local trains to Philadelphia and reverse trains.

SEPTA is recommending that commuters make use of its other transit services besides the Regional Rail lines, including the Norristown High Speed Line, the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines, trolley lines and buses.

Mike Bowman, president of the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, said the Regional Rail delays have not been much of an issue for most commuters in the area because a lot of the commuters use the Norristown High Speed Line, which hasn’t really been affected by the removal of the newer Regional Rail cars. The Norristown High Speed Line is a light rail service that runs from Norristown to the 69th Street Transportation Center, with stops in the Main Line area in Montgomery and Delaware counties. Riders can take the Market-Frankford Line into Center City from 69th Street.

Bowman said a lot of employees at businesses around Norristown and King of Prussia take the Norristown High Speed Line to get to work. He said the King of Prussia area supports about 50,000 jobs, and quite a few of those are in retail.

Bowman said he has heard nothing but compliments about how SEPTA is handling everything with communications. SEPTA did what they had to do, and they did the right thing by pulling the defective trains off the lines, he said.

Some commuters may choose other options for traveling to and from the city, such as driving, carpooling, biking or using a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft.

In a joint news conference between Uber and the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) on Wednesday, the two organizations announced they had reached an agreement to allow Uber to operate legally in the city through Sept. 30. Uber and PPA have had a somewhat adversarial relationship, as Uber had previously operated on uncertain legal grounds in the city, but PPA has pledged not to take action against Uber for the time being. Uber’s main competitor, Lyft, was not officially included in the agreement, but Lyft currently offers its services in Philadelphia.

Tore Fiore, executive director of Destination Delco, said commuters taking the Media/Elwyn Line in and out of Delaware County were not only dealing with the dilemma of SEPTA pulling some of the railcars off the line, but also a massive overhaul of a section of the tracks, which began a few weeks ago.

SEPTA has suspended service west of the Swarthmore station to continue reconstruction of the Crum Creek Viaduct, but SEPTA is now running shuttle buses to stops from station to station: Swarthmore to Wallingford to Moylan-Rose Valley to Media to Elwyn, and vice-versa. Service west of Swarthmore is set to resume September 4.

Fiore said residents of Delaware County have handled strains on public transportation services in the past, such as when Pope Francis visited Philadelphia last September, and they’ll get by in the meantime. “We have a certain record of resiliency here in Delaware County … we can figure it out,” he said.

SEPTA is also preparing for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which runs from July 25 to 28, and off-peak travel is expected. Enhanced service is still being added to the Broad Street Line subway service, and the Airport Line service is still scheduled to run every half hour.

Tim Phelps, executive director of the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), said the reduced schedule is putting some stress on trains on the Paoli/Thorndale Line during peak hours, and causing service delays farther down the line. He said Chester County has the benefit of having the trains start in either Thorndale or Malvern, so riders in the county can board the trains before they fill up as they get into the Main Line area. He said TMACC is encouraging commuters to look into using Amtrak, which runs its Keystone trains through the Paoli/Thorndale Line, or carpooling or ridesharing.

Phelps said commuters taking Regional Rail into Center City have been affected by the reduced schedule, but he hasn’t heard about as many issues for folks taking trains out of Center City to work at businesses in Chester County, such as Vanguard and other companies in the Great Valley Corporate Center. He said the primary source of public transportation in Chester County is train service. “It’s a transportation spine for us,” he added.

Phelps said the issues with the Regional Rail service can be an inconvenience for folks, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. “It could cause three months of heartache, but it could potentially save a life down the road,” he said.

Hyundai Rotem, the South Korea-based company that manufactured the Silverliner V railcars, is currently performing comprehensive computer modeling of the equalizer beams on the cars, and metallurgical testing is being utilized to determine the cause of the cracking, SEPTA said. The Silverliner Vs were placed into service on the Regional Rail lines in 2013.

Follow Digital First Media staff writer Lucas M. Rodgers on Twitter @LucasMRodgers and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lucasmrodgers.

Celebrate Opening Day of Trails on the Chester Valley Trail

4.16.16-Opening Day on Chester Valley Trail Mailer HeaderSaturday, April 16th is the official opening day of trail season across America.  It’s time to dust off the walking shoes, grab the kids and the family dog, and step out for Opening Day!  This year, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), the Chester County Facilities and Parks Department, the Friends of the Chester Valley Trail, and Bike Chester County are hosting a trail long event April 16th to kick off the season filled with bike check-ups, giveaways from local shops, and more!

Events will take place along the Chester Valley Trail at major access locations, which include the Exton Trail Head, East Whiteland Township Building, PNC Bank in Malvern, and the Westlakes Trail Head.  The events will take place from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Along with your bikes and running shoes, bring a backpack because they will be giving away some fun items and refreshments at stop locations.  The Friends of the Chester Valley Trail will be handing out Chester Valley Trail maps for users to use on the trail; Bike Chester County will be doing helmet fittings for children and toddlers; and TMACC and partners, PNC, will be giving out refreshments to trail users.

There will also be a few fun activities to participate in!  Paoli Hospital will be hosting a Prescribe-a-Trail walk and talk at 10 AM and 11 AM starting at the East Whiteland Township Trailhead, and Chester County Parks and Facilities Department will be hosting two nature walks at the Exton Park Trail Head.

The Chester Valley Trail is a 13 mile trail that runs from Exton to King of Prussia and is managed by the Chester County Facilities and Parks Department.   The trail is a part of The Circuit Trails, the 750-mile trail network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting the Greater Philadelphia Region.

View a complete list of activities at www.tmacc.org.  To learn more about the Chester Valley Trail, visit www.chesco.org.

Event Information:
Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Chester Valley Trail

Permanent Parity Passed into Law Transit Cap to be $255 in New Year

An end of year tax deal has been signed into law and includes a provision that makes permanent transit benefit parity . The monthly cap on transit, vanpool, and parking will increase to $255/month starting January 1st, 2015. This would mark a major victory for ACT as parity is an issue that ACT and its partners have been working on for nearly two decades.

The legislation also retroactively sets that transit/vanpool cap at $250/month for 2015.

Whats Next…..
The legislative text of the bill amends section 132(f) of the IRS code and actually sets the cap at $175/month, the same as parking. However, the code is based of 1999 dollars and is subject to a cost of living adjustments for the past fifteen years. Said in different terms, the $175 in 1999 dollars equals $255 in 2016 dollars. The IRS will likely send a revised notice which will detail the increase. However, those who administer it can and should be offering and taking the full $255/month in 2016.

A Bit about retroactive benefits…….
The legislative text once again includes retroactive benefits. What does this mean? If you (as an employer) allowed employees to withhold above the cap and purchased fare media for them with taxable dollars, you will be able to retroactively apply the $250/month cap for 2015. Again, this only applies to those employees and employers who withheld above the cap. If employees used their own money to buy fare media the new cap does not apply (even if they have receipts or other proof of purchase).

For reference, below is a link to the 2013 guidance related to retroactive transit benefits. We expect the IRS to issue similiar guidance early next year, but for now interested parties should consider this guidance in making appropriate adjustments:

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-08.pdf

For additional information, contact Jason Pavluchuk at Jason@Jpavllc.com 

Transportation Committee Passes Transportation Bill

Yesterday, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bipartisan bill to spend up to $325 Billion on transportation projects over the next six years. The Bill, called the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015 (STRR)” would spend $261 billion on highways, $55 billion on transportation, and $9 billion on safety programs.

This is an important step to approving this long-term transportation bill, but we’re not out of the woods yet. There are still large hurdles to jump before it gets approved. Most importantly, the funding aspect of the bill. STRR Act is set to pay for projects over the next six years. However, funding is only secured for the next three years. The bill passed Thursday by the committee would require lawmakers to pass legislation to “unlock” additional funding after three years, but where that funding comes from is up for debate.

The traditional source for transportation funding is revenue collected by the federal gas tax, which is currently set at 18.4 cents per gallon. The federal government spends about $50 billion per year on roads, but the gas tax take only brings in $34 billion annually. Lawmakers on the Transportation Committee has said that it is up to the Ways and Means Committee to identify new funding sources before this bill can move forward.

Because Congress has less than a week to approve a bill before the federal transportation fund expires on October 29th, lawmakers are expected to pass another temporary extension-the 35th extension.

If this bill would be approved by the full House of Representatives, its next step would be to gain approval from the Senate.  Important progress has been made for the STRR Act, but more agreements need to be made before a final bill is made into law.

To learn more about the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015 click here.