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Session No. 1F

Session Title: $5 Vehicle Registration Fee for Local Use Fund — A Statewide Panel Discussion (PDF)

Session Description: In 2013, Act 89 established an enabling legislation allowing counties to elect to implement a $5 annual vehicle registration fee for transportation improvement projects.   Twenty-three (23) counties are currently utilizing the funding mechanism for various projects including bridge and traffic signal improvements. Learn from their experience as the panelists share updates on their counties’ programs and policies developed to utilize the funding.  

Moderator: Jeannette Quirus, P.E., PTOE, McCormick Taylor

  • Matthew Edmond, AICP, Section Chief – Transportation Montgomery County Planning Commission, Executive Director, Montgomery County Transportation Authority
  • William Clark III, AICP, Chief, Transportation Planning, York County Planning Commission
  • Jason Molinero, P.E., Deputy Director, Allegheny County Department of Public Works
  • Shawn McLaughlin, AICP, CPRP, Acting Chief Clerk, Planning & Economic Development Director, Union County

Panelists' Bios

Matthew Edmond is the Section Chief of Transportation for the Montgomery County Planning Commission, where he has served since 2004. He is responsible for setting county transportation policy and analyzing technical issues. Edmond frequently interacts with a wide range of planning partners such as PennDOT, SEPTA, DVRPC, the PA Turnpike Commission, elected officials, municipal managers, and transportation engineers to implement the goals of Montgomery County’s comprehensive plan, MontCo 2040: A Shared Vision. Edmond oversees the planning, design, and construction for numerous county transportation initiatives such as the Lafayette Street Extension Project and the Ridge Pike Improvement Project. In addition, Edmond is the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Transportation Authority (MCTA). He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Master of City Planning (MCP) degree, as well as Wheaton College (IL), where he received his Bachelor of Arts in communications.

Will Clark has been with York County for more than 20 years, serving as the Chief of Transportation Planning since 2010.  He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Geography. Clark provides coordination for York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (YAMPO) annual work assignments. He has also previously served on the Central PA Transportation Authority (rabbittransit) board and participated in several statewide committees including the Strategic Highway Safety Plan and the State Transportation Innovation Council. He volunteers in several areas in is community over the years, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Little League, and currently is a coach for the William Penn/York High football team.

Jason Molinero is the Deputy Director of Engineering for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works, a position he has held since May 2019. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Engineering and Construction Division, which provides engineering and management services for the construction and rehabilitation of county roads, bridges, and walls as part of the department’s Capital Improvement Program. His distinguished career began in 2008 with PennDOT District 11 as a civil engineering trainee and later as a civil engineer in the Project Delivery Unit, where he prepared plans, specifications, and estimates packages for road and bridge rehabilitation projects. In 2013, he became a Pavement Management Engineer, and finally, in 2017, he transitioned to the role of Highway Occupancy Permits Manager. Molinero received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with an additional major in social and cultural history from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a PE license in Pennsylvania and is a member of the ASHE.

Shawn McLaughlin is the Planning and Economic Development Director for Union County, Pennsylvania, a position he has held for 19 years. In this capacity McLaughlin has worked with growing rural communities to effectively manage change through collaborative partnerships and multi-municipal solutions. He serves on the SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization and was instrumental in leading a smart transportation corridor plan that resulted in the deployment of the first adaptive traffic signal system in the SEDA-COG region. McLaughlin currently manages the Union County bridge program and was an advocate for implementing the county’s Local Use Fee.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Room 105

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