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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 19, 2017 09:55 AM
From: Representative Marguerite Quinn
To: All House members
Subject: Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act

Shifting Pennsylvania’s transportation systems to cleaner, more efficient resources offers a unique opportunity to advance our energy, environmental and economic development goals. Every year, we see new electric and natural vehicles introduced in the market, and these cars, trucks and buses are rapidly becoming more affordable and well-suited to our lifestyles. We’re also seeing increasing opportunities to use electricity for off-road uses in our ports, airports and heavy equipment to drive our economy forward.

As increasing numbers of Pennsylvania consumers and businesses consider choosing electric and natural gas vehicles, and our businesses look for opportunities to invest in cleaner, more efficient equipment, we must ensure that well-planned charging and refueling infrastructures are deployed in the state.

The Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Networks Act will create a framework for building this infrastructure by combining the expertise of our transportation and public utility sectors. Under this proposal, Pennsylvania will:
  • Establish a state goal of expanding our electric transportation usage by at least 50 percent over baseline forecasts by 2030
  • Direct the development of regional transportation plans so that Pennsylvanians will be able to live, work and play while going electric
  • Require electric utilities to submit infrastructure investment proposals based on the regional frameworks that help cost-effectively build out backbone charging infrastructure that meets their local needs
  • Complete statewide interstate and Turnpike fast electric and natural gas refueling networks, and
  • Assess opportunities to increase the deployment of natural gas vehicles to support fleets and other high-value uses
Alternative fuel vehicles provide a great opportunity to help our economy and our environment at the same time. Through good planning and regional collaboration, we can move Pennsylvania to leading edge of adopting these technologies.

Please join me in co-sponsoring the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act.

Introduced as HB1446