Act 101 was signed into law yesterday to provide necessary enhancements to Pennsylvania’s Green Light-Go Program that was established through Act 89 of 2013, the Commonwealth’s historic transportation funding investment plan.
State Senator John Rafferty (R-44) introduced Senate Bill 1267 following a public hearing by the Senate Transportation Committee last October on “Resource Challenges and Innovative Changes of the Local Transportation System”. Testimony was collected on the need for flexibility in the Green Light-Go Program to ensure more municipalities were eligible to receive funding to improve the traffic signals that they own and maintain.
“Act 101 provides comprehensive improvements to traffic safety, signalization and management in this Commonwealth,” stated Senator John Rafferty, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “More municipalities across the state will be able to access the needed funds to improve the timing, synchronization and overall operation of their locally-owned traffic signals.”
Previously, municipalities were responsible for committing at least 50 percent of the project cost through the Green Light-Go Program with only municipal funding or private cash. Now, with the enactment of Act 101, municipalities will have to commit at least 20 percent of the project cost with any combination of federal, state, regional, local and private funds.
There are currently more than 10,000 traffic signals across the Commonwealth. Act 89 recognized the importance of investing in these traffic signals to improve safety and to alleviate congestion. The Green Light-Go Program contains up to $40 million in Fiscal Year 2016-17 and each fiscal year thereafter for upgrading and maintaining Pennsylvania’s traffic signals.
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