Registration Now Open for 2016 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting
Registration is now open for the 2016 PHIA Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Click HERE for more information and to register! … [read more]
Automated Work Zone Enforcement Advances in the Senate
Senate Bill 840, sponsored by Senator David Argall (R-Berks), which creates a pilot program for automated camera enforcement in work zones, passed unanimously out of Senate Appropriations Committee last night. Before passage,… [read more]
‘Free’ police coverage has a high price tag
In the last few weeks, editorials and op-ed articles have appeared in newspapers around the state in reaction to the Associated Press story about “free” state police coverage. The AP noted that nearly half of Pennsylvania’s… [read more]
NEWS & UPDATES
Last week, Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards announced transportation projects all over the state that would be funded using money from the Multimodal Transportation Fund.
The list of projects include 37 highways, bridges, bikes and pedestrian paths; these improvements total $40 million. The projects are regionally diverse, and include more than $3 million for road improvements in Carlisle; $4.6 million to Philadelphia for roadway improvements, as well as the creation of bike and pedestrian paths near local elementary schools; and millions to the rest of the state.
The Multimodal Fund was created by Act 89, the comprehensive, multi-modal funding legislation of 2013. This bill created dedicated streams of funding for transportation improvements, an investment of $2.4 billion by the state. Funds are generated by the elimination of the flat gas tax, and uncapping the wholesale oil franchise tax.
“The multi-modal projects that will be funded this year are a testament to the necessity and success of Act 89,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “These improvements are critical to improving the safety and experience of Pennsylvanians, whether they travel by foot, bike, car, train or plane.”
Beginning Jan. 30, Pennsylvania residents won’t be able to use their driver’s license to enter federal facilities.
Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced today that 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $40 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Gov. Tom Wolf and state Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards on Friday announced funding for 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects, including one in Centre County.
Multimodal Transportation Fund grants from PennDOT totaling $40 million will be provided to make these plans reality, according to a press release from Wolf’s office and PennDOT.
Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced today that 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $40 million in transportation grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
In Lehigh County the Waterfront Development Company received $2,280,000 for construction of a 2/3-mile, two-lane road west of Allentown’s Waterfront, including four intersections with existing roads, trees, lighting, crosswalks, ADA ramps, water/sewer utilities.
Earlier this week, Wolf and other local officials announced another $3 million state grant for the Schuylkill River Trail. That funding will be used to link Southwest Philly and Center City by connecting Bartram’s Mile to Passyunk Point.
The grants were made possible by Act 89 that was enacted in November 2013 to dedicate funds for all forms of transportation.
When you go to fill up your car here in the Commonwealth, 50 cents of every gallon is taxed, going to the state. Our state gas tax is the highest in the country, according to the American Petroleum Institute, after lawmakers passed Act 89 in 2013.
The revenue from the gas tax and drivers’ fees is used for road and bridge projects, some administrative overhead, as well as to the Pennsylvania State Police. But it turns out, more money is now increasingly going to state police. That’s pulling cash away from of road projects, according to PennDOT projections.
Pittsburgh didn’t win the federal Department of Transportation’s $50 million Smart City grant earlier this year, but on Friday it received nearly $11 million to help implement some of the traffic proposals in the grant application.
The $10.9 million Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act grant from DOT, announced by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, will pay for “smart spines” that use information gathered from a network of sensors to balance traffic and move it through areas more quickly. Another aspect of the improvements will allow buses, public safety or freight vehicles to communicate with traffic signals so they can move through intersections more efficiently. Read more
Last week, more than one hundred fifty industry professionals and highway experts gathered at the Harrisburg Hilton for the annual Pennsylvania Highway Information Association conference.
Following a welcome from PHIA President Jamie Van Buren, attendees were treated to seminars from transportation experts on the topics of autonomous vehicles, the future of state funding, and public perception of transportation improvements.
The Turnpike Commission provided an update on its work, and the day wrapped up with an examination of the politics at play in transportation industry policy.
Our Keynote featured capitol press corps members John Micek of the Patriot News and Dennis Owens of abc27-WHTM. They provided our audience with their predictions for the election next month, as well as a primer on the large plate of issues facing the General Assembly upon its return.
“The PHIA conference and annual meeting is always an important gathering for industry professionals, but this year’s speakers provided exceptional updates on many facets of transportation,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “The broad range of speakers reinforced our belief that highways are an integral part of a multi-modal transportation system.”
PennDOT let just over $283 million projects during the month of September according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC). With this letting, PennDOT has bid a total of $1.893 billion in 2016 to date. At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $2.061 billion. The official 2015 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT reported at the annual meeting of the APC that 2016 lettings are expected to be $2.4 billion. At this rate, PennDOT would exceed its 2016 program forecast goal of $2.4 billion.
With the 2013 enactment of the transportation funding bill (Act 89) there is reason to see increased lettings. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding the $2 billion construction lettings mark for years to come. Read more