Rafferty Receives National Leadership Award for Improving Public Transportation in Pennsylvania


State Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., (R-44) was honored with the State Distinguished Service Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).  Senator Rafferty received the coveted award today at a ceremony held by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) who nominated the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for improving public transportation in Pennsylvania.


Following decades of underinvestment throughout the Commonwealth’s transportation system, Senator Rafferty gained bipartisan support for one of the most robust transportation investment solutions in the country – Act 89 of 2013.  Act 89 provides a critical and sustainable solution by increasing investments in public transportation, which are allowing our transit agencies to make vital, long-needed improvements such as replacing infrastructure, vehicles and equipment. 

“I humbly accept this award, on behalf of my fellow lawmakers who courageously voted for Act 89.  This landmark legislation is providing new, recurring investments for our public transportation system that is enhancing safety, mobility and economic prosperity for the Keystone State,” Rafferty mentioned.  “Securing sustainable funding for transit capital and operational priorities is a key civic duty for a modern, interconnected society.  This honorable recognition reaffirms Act 89 is delivering on its promises for the Commonwealth.” 

“It has been almost five years since Act 89 was signed into law, but its impact is being felt across the Greater Philadelphia Region and throughout the Commonwealth,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon, Sr.  “Senator Rafferty was the driving force behind Act 89, and he worked across the aisle to get bipartisan support so that we could begin making these critical investments.  Thanks to his efforts, we are now seeing improvements to transportation infrastructure statewide, reversing decades of underinvestment that put these assets at risk.  Senator Rafferty’s efforts have helped ensure the safe, efficient movement of people, goods and services throughout the state now and for future generations.”

“Act 89 is widely recognized as landmark transportation legislation and never has the famous quote ‘success has many fathers’ been more relevant.  However, one legislator clearly led the charge with enthusiasm, tenacity and vision – my good friend and colleague Senator Rafferty.  Through his vocal leadership and determination, Pennsylvania now has a true multi-modal funding plan that is transforming the future of public transportation in the Commonwealth,” stated Barry J. Schoch, P.E., who served as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation between 2011-2015.

APTA is a nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate for the advancement of public transportation programs and initiatives.  The APTA Awards program recognizes excellence in the public transportation industry in North America, on both the individual and organizational levels.

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