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Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro announced plans Sunday to increase statewide public transit funding as hundreds in Philadelphia rallied to ensure their local train line doesn’t go away.
The 1.75% increase in funds, a $282.8 million investment, would be nearly $1.5 billion over five years. If approved, it would be the first increase in the state’s share of public transit funding in over a decade.
According to a statement from the Governor’s Office, the funding would help SEPTA “avoid immediate service cuts or fare increases on SEPTA and would create a more balanced and stable funding structure for SEPTA for the future.”
“Ever since I was a State Representative and County Commissioner in Montgomery County, I have supported SEPTA and the critical services it offers to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians every day,” Shapiro said in a statement. “SEPTA has presented plans to address safety and cleanliness throughout their system, and county officials have entertained a willingness to step up to the plate and increase their support – as a result, my Administration is prepared to make a major investment in SEPTA.”
Community members across all ages made signs and showed their support for the Chestnut Hill West Regional Line during a ”rally and ride” at the Richard Allen Lane SEPTA station on Jan. 28, 2024. (Cory Sharber/WHYY)