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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 14, 2021 03:38 PM
From: Representative Manuel Guzman, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Yield to Mass Transit Vehicles
Public transit today is more popular than ever.  In 1998, there were 44.1 billion total passenger miles traveled.  A mere two decades later, in 2018, this number increased to 55.8 billion miles traveled.  Public transit is also more accessible and convenient than ever before, with 99% of buses using a fixed route.  While public transit is one of the best mobility options for individuals, more can be done to make it safer for passengers and motorists alike.
No laws exist in Pennsylvania requiring motorists to yield the right-of-way to mass transit vehicles like buses.  We should follow the example of states nationwide and institute this requirement.  I plan to introduce legislation to require that drivers yield the right-of-way to mass transit vehicles on roadways with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less.  In order for motorists to yield the right-of-way, mass transit vehicles must have a yield sign on the rear of the vehicle that illuminates to signal that they are reentering traffic.
This is a commonsense solution that has been successfully enacted in states including Maine, Colorado, Florida, and Washington.  Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to make roads safer for all Pennsylvanians.