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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania

Costello Op-Ed: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

February 18, 2015
In The News

As published in the Lebanon Daily News


Planes, trains and automobiles: The 1987 John Candy comedy aside, they are everywhere in our district.

One of the reasons that many live here is because our towns are close to the major cities or hubs of the Northeast. Employers choose to locate their operations or headquarters here for the same reason.

Our businesses benefit from folks who visit and travel through our towns because everything — railways, highways, bike trails — flows through Southeastern Pennsylvania. Our high quality of life is dependent on and facilitated by our transportation systems.

This is why Pennsylvania is the Keystone State. We connect our country.

Yet with these benefits come the burdens of this responsibility — and nowhere is this more noticeable than on our aging roads and transportation infrastructure.

That is why my serving on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the 114th Congress, I believe, is important for our region. In the next two years, we will tackle major legislation to modernize our nation's transportation and infrastructure systems through reauthorization of our surface and aviation infrastructure programs.

I look forward to makimg sure our voice is heard on local projects to reduce congestion on the Route 422 corridor, address safety concerns on Route 222 North and improve commuter rail stations, just to name a few.

Our goal is simple — create a 21st century transportation network that prioritizes public safety and economic growth. As a former county commissioner, I know all too well the need for Congress to work with local communities so that local officials and businesses can plan, develop and complete infrastructure projects.

It is a privilege to serve you in Congress, and I look forward to working together on these critical infrastructure issues in the coming months. I welcome your thoughts on this and other matters of interest to you.

Costello represents Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District that includes portions of Berks, Chester, Lebanon and Montgomery counties.