“Transportation is fundamental to economic development and vibrant communities. As a region, it’s critical that we take a visionary approach toward determining our transportation needs. And as a truly regional effort, the RTA will help facilitate this process and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) is a coalition of public and private partners from the ten counties of southwestern Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh that will facilitate an ongoing regional discussion to support the realization of additional transportation projects that will enhance regional connectivity, competitiveness and quality of life.
The RTA will be led by a 22-person steering committee, comprised of a public sector representative and a private sector representative from each county and the City of Pittsburgh. There is a private sector and public sector co-chair, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development is providing staff support to the RTA's activities.
The RTA provides a forum to evaluate if additional transportation projects will be valuable to the residents and businesses of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The first step is to “crowdsource” a list of currently unfunded transportation projects by asking stakeholder groups across the 10-county region to "Imagine Transportation" that would make the most impact on their constituents' lives.
Once the community feedback has been received, the RTA will determine if there is community support for a shared vision to address these gaps and then, if appropriate, work to help develop an approach to obtain funding and support for new projects.
Co-Chair: Steve Craig, Commissioner, Lawrence County
Co-Chair: Brian Heery, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Tony Amadio, Commissioner, Beaver County
Philip Ameris, President & Business Manager, Laborers' District Council of Western PA
Dave E. Barensfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Ellwood Group, Inc.
Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, Allegheny County
Kim Geyer, Commissioner, Butler County
Dr. Tori Haring-Smith, President, Washington & Jefferson University
John Hayward, Advisor, Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
John Lewis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Armstrong County Memorial Hospital
Michael Lordi, Chief Operating Officer, Elliott Group
Lawrence O. Maggi, Commissioner (Chairman), Washington County
Henry J. Maier, President and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Ground
Todd C. Moules, President, KeyBank
William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Jason Rigone, Executive Director, Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation
Rodney Ruddock, Commissioner (Chairman), Indiana County
George Skamai, Commissioner, Armstrong County
James B. Struzzi II, Indiana County Chamber of Commerce
Vince Vicites, Commissioner(Chairman), Fayette County
Rodney Wilson, Manager-Business Development, Consol Energy
Blair Zimmerman, Commissioner (Chairman), Greene County