Transportation meeting focuses on future

    A daylong hearing in Philadelphia Wednesday gave transit riders the chance to help form the next decade of transportation and transit work.

    A daylong hearing in Philadelphia Wednesday gave transit riders the chance to help form the next decade of transportation and transit work.

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    The State Transportation Commission meeting in Philadelphia is part of statewide hearings gathering recommendations for the 2011 update of the state’s 12-year transportation program.

    Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler oversees the city’s transportation planning. She says in addition to rebuilding Interstate 95, there needs to be more mass transit in the region to help people find and keep jobs.

    Cutler: There is no greater economic investment than world class transit system. So for me we need to focus our energy in dealing with those two big problems.

    Those problems are expected to cost billions. Officials say just maintenance on Interstate 95 will cost around 10 billion dollars, and only about two-thirds of that money is in place.

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