There are infrastructure projects out there that could transform the Greater Philadelphia region, writes Ryan Mulligan for Philadelphia Business Journal.
With $1 trillion available in federal infrastructure investment funds, now is the time to put some of those projects into action.
A panel of leaders from the region’s transportation and planning agencies met June 8 at a Business Journal “Investing in Infrastructure” event to discuss the future of transportation in the Greater Philadelphia area.
There are three projects that aren’t yet fully funded that could transform our area.
- A high-speed Amtrak train traveling 300 miles an hour, cutting commute times to Manhattan or Washington, D.C. to 30 minutes.
- The SEPTA-proposed King of Prussia Rail Project, extending the Norristown High-Speed Line, adding five train stations to the King of Prussia area.
- Adding safety measures and improved transit with an overhaul of Roosevelt Boulevard.
The panel agreed that incomplete funding can be the biggest obstacle for ambitious projects.
PennDOT, for example, falls $8.1 billion short annually of what it needs to repair highways and bridges.
Partnerships are needed to help secure local funding matches for federal grants and competitive bids.
Read more about infrastructure in the Philadelphia Business Journal.