A group of Delaware Valley Democrats held a joint press conference last week in Reading to advocate for improving the region’s infrastructure and expanding its rail system.
Among those gathered were PA-13 Democratic nominee Brendan Boyle, PA-6 Democratic nominee Manan Trivedi and the Democratic candidate in the State Senate’s 26th district, John Kane. New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone was also present.
“We can create new American jobs that benefit American businesses already located in the Philadelphia region. You can’t outsource this work to another country and you can’t underestimate the value this work will provide to the safety and prosperity to the community,” Manan Trivedi said.
“For years we have heard all kinds of promises about extending rail out to the suburbs to places like Reading, and it seems it was just more political lip service,” Trivedi continued. “All you need to do is look at the parking lot of traffic during rush hours to know we need to alleviate congestion and provide quality access to our businesses to improve the economy.”
The appearance of so many local officials and candidates was meant to convey how important this issue is for the entire region.
“We know that solutions to these problems exist in the form of highway improvements and extending mass transit between economic hubs such as Center City and King of Prussia to take cars off our roads,” stated Brendan Boyle. “All we need now is the political leadership in Washington to make these plans a reality. Our future economic growth as a region depends on federal funding for our infrastructure, and I’m proud to stand with like-minded advocates on this issue such as Congressman Pallone and Manan Trivedi.”
Boyle is widely expected to prevail in his contest for the open seat left by Rep. Allyson Schwartz. Meanwhile, Trivedi is running in one of the DCCC’s target districts. Finally, John Kane is competing in perhaps the premier State Senate contest.
Clearly, these Democratic candidates believe infrastructure is a big political winner for them so expect to see more about it this coming fall.
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