Moving the Route 219 project forward wasn’t easy, but doing so will vastly improve infrastructure in the region and contribute to growing Southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy. I worked with key senators to secure language in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) transportation bill that allowed toll credits to fund Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) projects and allowed the federal cost share on ADHS projects to increase from 80% to 100%. This is a step forward for Somerset County and will help create economic growth in the region, and I’m proud to help make this project a reality today.
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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the historic Lancaster Amtrak Station with the County Commissioners, Lancaster Planning Commission and representatives from Amtrak to see how the renovations are progressing. The improvements being made to the station will enhance the overall riding experience along the Keystone Corridor.
In August, I coordinated a meeting between Amtrak and County officials to resolve differences regarding the overall cost estimate for the renovation project. I was pleased that all parties involved were able to reach an agreement that allowed the project to move forward. The renovations at the Lancaster Amtrak Station will benefit the entire community--I look forward to seeing the project upon completion.
Yesterday, I announced $487,000 of federal funding I secured for a new mixed-use, transit-oriented development near the Temple University Rail Station. I was joined by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and the two developers the City has chosen to partner with on this project, the Asociacíon Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) and Jonathan Rose Companies, as well as other community officials and representatives. The City will be working closely with its two development partners to construct a transit village that will strengthen the adjacent Ludlow/Temple University neighborhoods and serve as transit hub for eastern North Philadelphia.
The press conference was held on Ninth Street, between Berks and Norris Streets, next to the parking lot that will be the future home of the transit village. It will include 164 rental apartments, at least 44 of which will be affordable housing units, as well as community and retail space. It will also be sustainably designed with the goal of providing a healthy living environment that ensures improved indoor air quality and a reduction in water and energy use. Aside from its “green” design, it will also provide other environmental benefits, by encouraging the use of public transit that will reduce congestion on the road and dependence on cars.
The total cost of the project is just under $50 million, which represents a significant investment in the neighborhood, and it is expected to create 400 construction jobs and future permanent jobs. It was a pleasure to announce this project with Mayor Nutter as it furthers strong economic and environmental revitalization efforts in the City of Philadelphia.