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Proposed budget reduces amount diverted from transportation

Governor Wolf’s proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year would allocate $769 million to the State Police from the Motor License Fund. That amount compares with $778 million in the current fiscal year and continues a gradual… [read more]

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PHIA’s 2018 wish list

Happy New Year to one and all, and we hope you had a terrific holiday season. As we begin a new year, we thought we’d share our 2018 wish list. Here we go: One of PHIA’s most important points of emphasis is public safety,… [read more]

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GOP tax bills also involve infrastructure

The always insightful Governing Magazine had an article this week observing that the Republican-sponsored tax bills before Congress are also infrastructure bills because they contain provisions that would impact the ability of… [read more]

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Wolf rejects diverting more transportation funds

Transportation advocates appear to have received great news this week as a spokesman for Governor Wolf said the governor does not intend to tap into transportation money to close a $300 million budget gap. In recognition of… [read more]

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PA revenue package approved, but questions remain

Nearly four months beyond the beginning of the fiscal year, the General Assembly has approved revenue bills that – at least in theory – will balance the budget of nearly $32 billion that was approved earlier this year. Assuming… [read more]

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Trump infrastructure plan is a starting point

February 20, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

President Trump recently unveiled his $1.5 trillion federal infrastructure proposal. The proposal would dole out $200 billion to states in matching federal money but require state and local governments to raise the remainder through taxation or public-private partnerships. The initiative also would allow states to generate their share by tolling.

The proposal did not specify sources for the matching federal money, saying it would result from cuts in other areas. The proposal also did not address the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund.

The trust fund’s primary revenue source is fuel taxes, which have not been raised since 1993.

“As our friend George Wolff mentioned in the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition newsletter, the president’s proposal is a first step in addressing our infrastructure needs, but we have a long way to go.” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “In particular, this proposal must return the Highway Trust Fund to solvency to meet the states’ needs over the long term.”

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 8

February 19, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

Trump tempts transportation cataclysm

The tunnels are at the center of the most important rail link in the U.S. – the Northeast Corridor, which generates 20 percent of our domestic product, but is now held together with sticky tape and glue.

Project to connect I-95, PA Turnpike nears major milestone

Since I-95′s completion in 1969, plans called for creating a seamless link between the interstate and the turnpike. In 2018, project engineers say, they will finally make good on the decades-old promise to make the connection and have I-95 stretch continuously from Maine to Florida.

PennDOT to tackle rural roads, locally owned bridges under Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal

Part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal would steer more money toward fixing rural, low-traffic roads and locally owned bridges, officials said.

PhilaPort infrastructure investments expecting another record year

After investing $1 billion and changing its name from the Port of Philadelphia to PhilaPort in 2017, the port had a record year for containerized cargo activity — a success the port is prepared to repeat.

PennDOT wants feedback for bicycle, pedestrian master plan

PennDOT wants public feedback to update its bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

Source: Trump endorsed 25-cent gas tax hike in White House confab

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 7

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First girders for Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge due on site this week

The first steel girders for the nearly mile-long bridge that will carry Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River are due on site this week.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces 45 multimodal projects for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced funding for 45 multimodal transportation projects that will benefit 22 communities. The projects, which include highways, bridges, bike and pedestrian paths, ports and waterways, are made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Pa. budget toss-up: More spending, due largely to fixed costs, for criminal justice

Pennsylvania State Police would see a bump in state funding in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget, up $8.8 million to $260.5 million. The proposal once again includes a $25 per capita fee for municipalities that rely solely on state police coverage, which would generate $63 million and in turn help shift that burden off the Motor License Fund and onto local taxpayers. Read more

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 6

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Why fewer people take public transit (hint: it’s not just Uber)

In Los Angeles, the number of bus and rail trips taken last year was the lowest in more than a decade. Over just the last five years, transit ridership has declined 15 percent. What’s behind the huge drops?

Lehigh Valley transportation expert: ‘Math does not work’ in Trump’s infrastructure plan

Transportation officials in the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere worry that projects could be put in jeopardy by a vague, emerging plan from the Trump administration that seemingly upends the long-established way federal, state and local governments pay for transportation advances.

CPI dedicates training center to Glenn O. Hawbaker

Approximately four years after it was built, Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology’s Transportation Training Center has been renamed after one of CPI’s biggest advocates. On Tuesday afternoon, CPI held a dedication ceremony to recognize this new change and unveil the building’s new namesake: the Glenn O. Hawbaker Transportation Training Center.

Report shows Pa. has second-most structurally deficient bridges

According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the state is still second in the nation when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges.

PhilaPort making solid case to attract still more cargo up Delaware River

Rebranded in 2017 as PhilaPort, the Port of Philadelphia, coming off its best year ever in terms of containerized cargo activity, is indeed ideally poised to bring more love on the part of shippers and carriers to the City of Brotherly Love.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 5

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Regional transit key to economic progress

The availability of a good job means little if the worker cannot get to that job.

PhilaPort moves quickly to accommodate surge in cargo

As the port’s $392 million main channel deepening project approaches completion, cargo volumes in the Port of Philadelphia are surging. In 2017, container cargoes grew by 19 percent, leading all ports on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. The growth is especially significant since the port is busy implementing its $300 million capital improvement plan.

Mayors skeptical of Trump infrastructure plan

When big-city mayors met in Washington last week, one of their primary messages regarding infrastructure was that the federal government should send new money directly to cities, rather than through states. The Trump administration seems open to the idea.

SEPTA approves King of Prussia extension

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on Thursday approved the Norristown High-Speed Line extension that would provide direct service to King of Prussia Mall. The extension would give passengers a faster link between King of Prussia, Center City and University City.

Leaked Trump infrastructure plan would put onus on states

The Trump administration has hinted for months that its long-awaited infrastructure plan would lean heavily on new spending by states, local governments and the private sector. On Monday, a leaked outline of that plan seems to confirm that the federal government would take a back seat in funding its own infrastructure initiative.