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Task force unveils transportation funding proposals

A PA House Republican task force whose mission was to address transportation funding needs has finished its assignment and presented its report. The task force, chaired by Rep. Martina White of Philadelphia, made several recommendations,… [read more]

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Automated speed enforcement cameras are up and running

The 60-day clock has begun for the “pre-enforcement testing period” of automated speed cameras in Pennsylvania highway work zones. That means fines for traveling more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit could begin… [read more]

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PHIA holds annual conference

This week PHIA held its annual Transportation Conference and Luncheon in Harrisburg. The presentations featured: PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton with an update on various toll road projects. Republican and Democratic House… [read more]

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Pa. autonomous vehicle team receives $8.4 million grant for work-zone study

A team consisting of Carnegie Mellon and Penn State universities, along with PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, has received an $8.4 million grant for testing and evaluation of integrating autonomous driving systems in work… [read more]

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Electric vehicle bill may be on tap

  Members of the General Assembly will return from summer recess in the coming weeks. PHIA is hopeful that the House will quickly take up an electric vehicle bill, House Bill 1392, sponsored by Democratic House Transportation… [read more]

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NEWS & UPDATES

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 48

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Twists, turns, bridges, tunnels could complicate Western Pa. hyperloop projects

Hyperloop technology promises to zip passengers from Pittsburgh to Chicago in less than an hour, but Western Pennsylvania’s mountains, valleys and rivers could slow it down.

Can you pay for infrastructure repairs without raising state taxes?

Without calling for any new taxes, Republicans in the state House have released a plan they say will address billions of dollars in unmet repairs to Pennsylvania’s crumbling highways, bridges, dams and railroads.

PHL to receive $1.4 million for Tinicum Island Road relocation project

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation Fund will provide $1.4 million to help Philadelphia Airport expand air cargo operations by relocating the one-mile stretch of road currently bisecting the airport. The total estimated cost for the project is $15.7 million.

Gov. Tom Wolf nominates Yassmin Gramian to serve as PennDOT secretary

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Wednesday he is nominating the chief operating officer of Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation to serve as the head of that department.

Transportation spending up across country, report says

The National Association of State Budget Officers released a report this week that shows transportation spending by states in fiscal year 2019 to be about $170 billion.

Pennsylvania ranked as second most dangerous state for winter driving, according to analysis

The Commonwealth has been ranked as the second most dangerous state for winter driving. This is according to new analysis by MoneyGeek.

Pa. businesses, higher ed institutions urge state leaders to accelerate a low-carbon future

Major businesses and higher education institutions across Pennsylvania called on state lawmakers today to prioritize policies that will accelerate the Commonwealth’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 47

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SEPTA Board names PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards as next general manager

The SEPTA board voted unanimously on Nov. 21 to appoint PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards as the authority’s new general manager. Richards will join SEPTA in January, following the retirement of General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel.

Pa. looking to address transportation funding for PennDOT, Turnpike in next year’s budget

In the first indication that the state Legislature might be willing to deal with the issues as soon as next year, a state House Republican task force Wednesday recommended sweeping changes in how Pennsylvania funds its roads, bridges, state police and public transit.

PA: Transportation among top concerns at independent living forum

People with disabilities and their advocates seem to agree on one thing: The County of Lackawanna Transit System and other transportation agencies provide great service — except when they don’t.

Pennsylvania testing new traffic restriction plan this winter

A new draft process in place in Pennsylvania for when and how the state will restrict vehicles — especially trucks — during snowstorms and other bad weather is aimed at reducing the burden on truckers when winter weather hits.

Hyperloop Great Lakes study preview: Feasible and highly profitable

Results from the Great Lakes Hyperloop Feasibility Study, undertaken by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, suggest that a system connecting Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh is not only feasible but profitable.

Senate Policy Committee to review PennDOT’s commitments to local funding

The Senate Majority Policy Committee will review regional highway funding during an upcoming public hearing at the Maidencreek Township Municipal Building in Blandon.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 46

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Study: More than 500M pieces of litter strewn along Pennsylvania roads

An estimated 500 million pieces of litter were strewn along Pennsylvania roads in 2018-2019, with cigarette butts and plastic food packaging, bottles and bags ranking among the most commonly picked-up items, according to the Pennsylvania Litter Research Study.

Pa. infuses nearly $79.3 million into infrastructure improvements in 42 counties

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the approval of 141 new projects through the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF). The projects will improve Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure and ensure safer, more reliable transportation for residents and businesses. The projects total nearly $79.3 million in funding.

With FAST Act transportation bill set to expire, states face large potential losses in funding

A BUDGETARY QUIRK TO A 2015 transportation funding bill is set to slash $7.6 billion to certain types of national transportation funding in 2020, eating into transportation budget baselines in states such as Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Harrisburg leaders don’t want I-83 expansion project to ‘further separate’ city neighborhoods

Harrisburg officials are preparing to ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to honor expert recommendations that differ from its current I-83 Capital Beltway project plans in South Harrisburg.

Lamb tapped to fill vacancy on prominent House Transportation Committee

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb has been picked to serve on the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, filling the vacancy created by the recent death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 45

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Most of work on thruway bridge over Susquehanna River about to end for winter

The last of the steel girders for the nearly mile-long Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River will be erected this week.

Pennsylvania lags behind in highway safety

Not until early 2020 will motorists who violate Pennsylvania work zone speed limits experience lighter wallets and pocketbooks under provisions of Act 86 of 2018, which authorizes speed cameras in highway construction and repair areas.

Fitzpatrick joins call urging Congress support a federal infrastructure package

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) on Nov. 1 made a public plea for Congress to support a nationwide federal infrastructure package that would improve the nation’s economy, workforce, public safety, and the environment alongside overdue fixes for America’s roads, rails, bridges, highways, water, power and other related systems.

Slow down in work zones

Drivers can make roads safer by simply slowing down and obeying traffic limits. Motorists who drive 11 mph or more through work zones are putting themselves, other drivers and highway workers at risk of injury or death and by doing so, deserve a speeding ticket.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 44

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Pa. Turnpike plans to go cashless by fall 2021; toll collector jobs would be phased out

After four years of testing, the Pennsylvania Turnpike says it plans to move ahead with a $129 million project to become a completely cashless toll system in two years, eliminating hundreds of toll-collecting and auditing positions along the way.

PA lawmakers vote to expand clean transportation

The Pennsylvania Senate’s Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee today voted to advance the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act, a bipartisan effort to significantly advance electric vehicles and charging stations across the state while helping tackle one of the biggest sources of climate pollution in the region: transportation.

Work zone speed cameras to be deployed statewide

Cameras to detect speeding in Pennsylvania’s roadway work zones will begin limited operation next week ahead of their use statewide early next year.

New auto port terminal opens in South Philly

More new cars are arriving at the Port of Philadelphia now that a processing facility is officially open next to the Navy Yard, and it’s the city’s first new port terminal in 45 years.

Driver-free shuttles could be arriving in Pennsylvania

20 states have implemented a form of automated shuttles on their roadways. Now, lawmakers here in Pennsylvania are looking to add the Commonwealth to that group.