Panel discussion focuses on transportation issues in Chesco and Pa.

Transportation in Chester County and across Pennsylvania was the topic of a panel discussion hosted by the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry’s government affairs committee on Monday, Nov. 28.

The monthly meeting was attended by Yassmin Gramian, Pennsylvania secretary of Transportation, as well as industry experts, according to a press release.

According to Laura Manion, president of Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, the panel discussion was timely, coming one year after passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) bill in Congress.

“Both the private and public sectors agree that America’s infrastructure must be upgraded to support today’s needs, and they must work together to achieve their common goals,” Manion said in a statement.

She added that the theme of the panelists comments was that “investments in our infrastructure help grow the economy, generate revenue for businesses, create jobs, and ensure a better quality of life for our residents. Now is the time to invest for our future.”

In addition to Gramian, panelists included: Gary Graham, regional chief engineer of McMahon Associates Inc.; Pamela McCormick, director of legislative and community affairs of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA); and Timothy Phelps, executive director of Transportation Management Association (TMACC) of Chester County.

“Transportation needs to work for everyone, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter how they travel,” Gramian said in a statement. “We can only get there through strong community partnerships and collaboration with local businesses and organizations. I’m grateful to the chamber for helping facilitate this important conversation.”

Among the topics discussed were current projects being completed in Chester County and across the Commonwealth, projects continuing to work through processes of funding and policy, as well as the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, electric vehicles and infrastructure grid demands.

In addition, McCormick provided updates regarding SEPTA’s investments in safety and continued support for employers and employees commuting.

Phelps updated attendees on micro transit studies being performed in Chester County by the TMACC as it attempts to bridge the transportation gap with local needs.

The panel discussion was moderated by Juni Alam of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc.

The nonprofit  Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry represents businesses in every sector and is composed of local businesses that promote economic development and management. For more information about CCCBI, visit chescochamber.org

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