The future of the Pennsylvania’s transportation could be one of greater flexibility and convenience, on all fronts. With increased transit ridership, investments in infrastructure, alternative transit methods such as Uber and bike-share programs, and the merging of US Airways and American Airlines, there is no doubt that the ways in which residents are getting from points A to B are rapidly changing.
But more will need to be done as the population continues to increase, especially as the next generation relies increasingly less on personal transportation modes. How will the state keep up with increased demand for mass transit, safer roads and bridges and rail travel?
November 19, 2:45pm – 4:15pm
Location: Bodek Hall
Pamela S. McCormick
Director of Legislative Affairs
Southeastern Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
Pamela Sarne McCormick is Director of Legislative Affairs at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), where she works with a dedicated team of professionals to strengthen our region’s mobility and quality of life.
Throughout her career, at SEPTA and at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, McCormick has worked with business, political, labor and community leaders to advance many of the region’s most vital policy issues, economic development projects and special events. She was honored to serve recently as a SEPTA Ambassador during the historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.
In addition, McCormick has contributed to many successful efforts to foster growth and economic opportunity across Pennsylvania including initiatives to adequately fund higher education and K-12 schools, promote competitive taxation, construct and expand the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and win approval of Act 89 to ensure adequate and sustainable statewide transportation funding. She is working now with stakeholders across the country to promote congressional support for needed federal infrastructure investment.
McCormick serves on the Board of Summer Search Philadelphia; a non-profit organization that helps low-income high school students transform their lives. She lives in Newtown Square with her husband Joe, an executive in the financial services industry, and she misses her daughter Brittany, now in Dallas and her son Alex, now in Los Angeles.
Samuel Farruggio, Jr.
Samuel Farruggio, Jr., President of Farruggio’s Express, has over 46 years of experience in the transportation industry. Sam has held every position within his 95 year old family business. Started in 1920 by his grandparents, Farruggio’s is one of the oldest still operating family businesses in the USA .Sam is a graduate of La Salle University. In 1969, Sam moved into the office and the operational end of Farruggio’s.
Sam is a proud member of the PA, NJ and Maryland Motor Truck Association and a longtime member of the ATA where he served as the Intermodal Group’s Chairman for three years. He has been a member of IANA since its inception and served on the Board of Directors for six years.
Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition
George is a true public affairs professional, toiling in the fields of agriculture and conservation since 1953. Over the years, he has also had a hand in workers compensation reform, business tax reductions, the statewide nutrient reduction program and water resources legislation. Presently, he is leading the fight for funding for the road and bridge construction industry, while still keeping a close eye on food and product safety protection issues, as well as product liability reform.
First appointed when Pennsylvania joined the Chesapeake Bay Commission in the 1980 and reappointed since by the President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania State Senate, George is the public member on the commission. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and a legislative committee member of the Pennsylvania State Grange. He is a former a member of the Board of Directors for Millers Mutual Insurance Company and as a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. He was instrumental in coordinating a group which proposed recommendations for the management of the state’s water resources through regional and statewide management committees working in cooperation with the river basin commissions.
George has also been active with organizations which promote the responsible stewardship of Pennsylvania’s water resources. In December 2003, he was appointed by Governor Rendell to the Statewide Water Resources Committee and in 2005 to the Pennsylvania Energy Advisory Board.
In February 2002, Governor Mark Schweiker appointed George to the Agricultural By-Product Management Technology Board. At the behest of Governor Dick Thornburgh in the early years of his administration, George served as co-chairman of the “Vote Yes for Water” Committee, a public relations effort aimed at passage of a state water referendum funding issue to establish PennVest. He served at Governor Robert Casey’s request as a member of a select committee to develop regulations for a nutrient management program which resulted in Act 6 of 1993. Additionally, at Governor Casey’s request, George served as treasurer for a statewide water initiative. Under former Environmental Protection Agency Secretary William Ruckelshaus, George served on a national non-point source committee to design programs for the joint involvement of the EPA and the USDA. George also served on the National Agricultural Research and Extension Users Advisory Board to develop recommendations on budget and program priorities for research, higher education and extension in the food and agricultural sciences.
In July of 2005 George received the Distinguished Service Award from the State Conservation Commission and in September 2005 received the Fran Flanigan award from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. He has received numerous other awards including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Centennial Award of Merit for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Veterinary Medicine, the Izaak Walton League of America Chesapeake Bay Conservation Award, and several other conservation service awards.
Kevin L. Johnson
President and Founder
Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. (TPD)
Kevin L. Johnson is the president and founder of Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. (TPD), a firm repeatedly ranked over the past 12 years as one of the best medium-sized places to work in Pennsylvania by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation including attaining the number one ranking in 2004. For the past 13 years, TPD has been ranked as one of the best medium-sized civil engineering firms to work for in the United States by Zweig Group (formerly CE News Magazine) including attaining the number one ranking in 2009. TPD is a member of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Hot Firm Hall of Fame for being ranked as one of the 100 fastest growing businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region for five years in succession. TPD is also one of the 20 largest engineering firms in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the SEPTA Board of Directors, the second engineer to serve in this capacity. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) and is a member of the Transportation Committee for the ACEC/PA.
In 2011, Mr. Johnson was one of four engineers to serve on Governor Corbett’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission and is the only engineer to serve on the Transportation Transition teams for both Governors Corbett and Wolf. He is the past president of the American Society for Highway Engineers, Delaware Valley section, and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Mr. Johnson is also a major supporter of the University of Pennsylvania’s Transportation Systems Engineering Alumni Club.
Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA)
Leeann MacWilliams, CHSP joined the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA) in March of 2013 as the Executive Director. Prior to joining PPTA she held the position of Interim Operating Officer at the Pennsylvania Tourism & Lodging Association and has extensive experience overseeing the operations of full-service hotels, resorts, restaurants and corporate/executive dining in Pennsylvania. She also has extensive experience in non-profit management in various industries.
Leeann has her baccalaureate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Hospitality Management and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program at Penn State studying Community & Economic Development. Leeann serves on various state and national industry and association boards and committees both personally and professionally representing the Public Transportation industry.
Pennsylvania State Representative
PA House Transportation Committee
Since being elected in 1984, Rep. John Taylor has confronted many problems and challenges faced by his native city of Philadelphia with a determination and a roll-up-your-sleeves style that reflect the working class attitudes of the city neighborhoods he represents. John continues to focus on finding solutions to critical issues that impact the families and communities of his district and the surrounding region.
In the 2015-16 session, John was named chairman of the House Transportation Committee, which provides oversight of the state’s mass transit systems and transportation infrastructure. including roads, bridges and highways.
In the 20 13-14 session, John served as chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, which provides oversight of the state’s beverage alcohol industry and the more than 20,000 licensed hotels, restaurants, clubs, eating places, breweries and wineries statewide. In that capacity, John helped pass the first step toward the privatization of liquor wholesale and retail sales since Prohibition. In that position, John handled the floor debate to privatize the state’s liquor sales that passed the House in a historic vote. The bill changed the way beer, wine and spirits would be sold and set a timetable for the privatization of state-owned liquor stores. Also in the 2013-14 session, John crafted legislation to make the possession of an illegal firearm a third-degree felony with a minimum mandatory sentence of at least two years total confinement.
A strong voice for the preservation of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, John authored Act 153 of 2012, which allows Pennsylvania’s municipalities to create public land bank authorities in order to efficiently acquire, manage and develop tax-foreclosed properties. This and other critical legislation sponsored by John allowed Philadelphia to reclaim properties whose owners were tax delinquent or allowed their property to deteriorate to the detriment of the community.
In 2013, John sponsored legislation to amend our conservatorship law to encourage private investment in efforts to remediate blight. By encouraging the payment of costs and developer fees, by allowing the bundling of properties into one petition in limited and specific circumstances and by shortening the time frame for courts to hold the initial hearing, Act 157 of PA House Transportation Committee 2014 encourages developers, non-profit entities and real estate professionals to initiate conservatorships. This achieves the necessary balance between respecting the rights of property owners while ensuring that residents who invest in their properties do not have to live next to abandoned, unsafe, unsightly buildings and properties.
John is also focused on fighting scrap metal thieves who have vandalized properties. John’s legislation would create a database and requiring scrap processors to register with the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office would also be in charge of maintaining the new database.
To give Philadelphians tax relief, John supported legislation to allow Philadelphia residents who own a property that is their primary residence to qualify for a Homestead Exemption, which would take $30,000 off of their real estate assessment as the city began its Actual Value Initiative of performing real estate assessments, which, in most cases, caused drastic increases in their assessed property values.
Representative Taylor has been committed to the elimination of school violence in Philadelphia city schools. He heads a bipartisan group that monitors the problem of school violence and its recommendations have led to the creation of the Office of School Victim Advocate, as well as the presentation of factual findings and a series of practical guidelines to address this problem have been presented to the new School Reform Commission.
In addition, John serves on the House Urban Affairs committee, which he previously chaired. As chairman. John was at the forefront of the fight against the abuse of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller. He spent significant time increasing awareness about the dangers of the drug. which has been tied to the deaths numerous Philadelphia citizens.
Previously, John served as co-chainTian of the Joint Select Committee to Examine Elections Issues. That bipartisan committee, formed in 2001, examined the elections process in Pennsylvania to ensure the efficiency and integrity of the election process. As a result of the joint select committee’s ongoing examination, legislation was signed into law in January 2002, establishing a statewide central voter registration system, known as SURE. The SURE system is a uniform, integrated computer system that contains a database of all voters in the state. All county registration commissions are required to be tied into the system.
In the late 1990s, John was a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Five,” a group of legislators from Philadelphia who spurred debate that led to a package of anti-crime measures and a new strategy toward fighting crime in the city.
Through his sponsorship of related amendments to House legislation in 1999, Rep. Taylor played an instrumental role in the state Department of Welfare’s decision to relax its 20-hour-per-week work rule to allow welfare recipients an additional six months to finish their educational studies.
Over the years, John has addressed a variety of health and human services issues as a member of the House Select Committee on Pharmaceuticals, the Task Force on Child Care, the Task Force on Mental Retardation Services Delivery System, and the Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol.In his home district. Rep. Taylor’s three district offices have helped countless constituents through the years. John has brought millions of dollars back home to help support various youth groups, service groups and senior citizen organizations.
Rep. Taylor is a 1973 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida in 1980. John completed his law degree at Temple University School of Law in 1984.
Currently, he is of Counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Archer & Greiner P.C. Born on April 9, 1955, John resides in the Northwood section of Philadelphia with his wife, Evelyn Frosch Taylor. He has four adult children: Sean, a Ph.D. in data science who works for Facebook; Sheila, a family physician in Reading, PA; Jillian, who currently attends Temple University School of Law and works for the Office of the District Attorney for Philadelphia County; and Brian. who teaches English in Madrid. Spain.