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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 26, 2023 04:21 PM
From: Representative Dan L. Miller and Rep. Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: JSGC Task Force on Accessible Public Transportation Efficacy in PA
 
An estimated 25.5 million Americans have disabilities that make traveling outside the home difficult, and an estimated 13.4 million of these Americans—more than half—are adults ages 18 to 64, the age group with typically higher labor force participation. For these folks, their ability to easily access adequate and efficient and accessible public transportation affects their ability to travel for work, as well for running errands, socializing, and other activities.

Obviously, all Pennsylvanians deserve to be able to reliably and easily access public transportation. In order to ensure that this occurs, we will be introducing a resolution that directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish a legislative task force on public transportation efficacy, with a specific focus on the impact of Pennsylvania’s current delivery of services to individuals with disabilities, and then report its findings and recommendations back to the House.

The taskforce will be made up of representatives from DHS, L&I, PennDOT, Public Transportation and related Authorities, Transportation Network Companies, self-advocates from the disability community, the Center for Rural PA, and experts in disability law and accessible transportation. This group will work to identify barriers to accessible transportation and related services at the local and statewide levels.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this long overdue legislation that will help ensure that all Pennsylvanians with disabilities have adequate, easy and reliable access to public transportation.
 
 
 

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Introduced as HR38