HARRISBURG – An upcoming public hearing will examine how Pennsylvania law can be improved to better encourage development near mass transit stations and stops, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) and Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty (R-44) announced today.
Senate Bill 1210, introduced by Senator Pileggi to reform and modernize Pennsylvania’s Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Act, will be the focus of the hearing held by the Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 22, at the Upper Darby Township Municipal Building. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m.
“It’s been 10 years since Pennsylvania enacted its TRID law, but only one TRID has been created in that time,” Senator Pileggi said. “The goal of the law – encouraging development near mass transit hubs – is admirable, but clearly it needs to be improved. I thank Senator Rafferty, who has been a strong leader on transportation issues, for convening this public hearing.”
“Encouraging economic development at our transit hubs is only common sense,” Senator Rafferty said. “My hope is that this hearing will demonstrate how Pennsylvania can better foster such development.”
The hearing will take place not far from SEPTA’s 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby, which serves the Market-Frankford (Blue) Line, the Norristown High Speed Line, the Route 101 and Route 102 Trolleys, and numerous bus routes.
Among those scheduled to testify are Mark Minnerly, Todd Reidbord and Rebecca Schenck, representing the state’s only TRID at East Liberty Station in Pittsburgh; Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor of Upper Darby Township; Tom McGarrigle, President of Delaware County Council; Toby Fauver, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation at PennDOT; Dennis Puko, Policy Manager at the Department of Community and Economic Development; Bruce Dorbian, Borough Manager of Marcus Hook Borough; Rob Wonderling, President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Richard Bickel, Director of Planning for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Kenneth Woodson, Vice President of Community & Government Affairs for the Philadelphia Zoo; and Matthew Bergheiser, Executive Director of the University City District.
Nate Spade, Senator Rafferty’s Office