A lasting legacy…The Honorable J. Barry Stout

In Memorium...The Honorable J. Barry Stout State Sen. J. Barry Stout, longtime legislator, family man and one of the best friends the transportation industry ever had, died Saturday at the age of 79 at his home in Bentleyville. “His… [read more]

A lasting legacy…The Honorable J. Barry Stout A lasting legacy...The Honorable J. Barry Stout

‘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]

‘Free’ police coverage has a high price tag ‘Free’ police coverage has a high price tag



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 103

December 5, 2016 -- Leave a Comment

PDSITELOGO2Manheim Township’s Marc Lemon is running Donald Trump’s transportation and infrastructure policy team

President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promised to “transform America’s crumbling infrastructure into a golden opportunity for accelerated economic growth.”

Now, Manheim Township resident Marc Lemon is helping fulfill that promise of fixing and rebuilding highways, bridges, tunnels, airports and other critical infrastructure.

One of Trump’s earliest and most vocal supporters in Lancaster County, he is leading a group of nine people assigned to develop the new administration’s transportation and infrastructure policies.

Trump Picks Washington Insider Elaine Chao For Transportation Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump ran an insurgent, anti-establishment campaign, but the latest addition to his prospective Cabinet is about as establishment as it gets.

Elaine Chao, whom Trump picked Tuesday to head the Department of Transportation, worked in both Bush administrations, has ties to the conservative Heritage Foundation, has sat on numerous corporate boards and spent several years running the United Way of America. She also happens to be married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Adams County commissioners got it right (letter)

Traditionally, the Pennsylvania Motor License Fund (gas tax and license fees) was primarily used to support PennDOT transportation, State Police patrols and funds for municipal roads. The Pennsylvania General Fund (sales tax and income tax) was used to support other government operations.

Last year the General Assembly took transportation funds from PennDOT in order to help out the General Fund.  The General Assembly, with Act 89, provided that the county could impose a $5 per vehicle fee if they wanted to restore funding on PennDOT roads.

Service upgrades ride shotgun with final bus deal

Perry County Transportation Authority has finalized its assimilation into the York-based Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, known as rabbittransit.

The Perry County commissioners on Nov. 21 signed off on the agreement which adds local Shared Ride and bus services to the 10-county regional organization, which ranges from York, Adams, Union, Snyder and Columbia counties.



PennDOT lets $338 million in November

December 1, 2016 -- Leave a Comment

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT let just over $338 million projects during the month of November according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  With this letting, PennDOT has bid a total of $2.346 billion in 2016 to date. At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $2.534 billion. The official 2015 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT is expected to hit its $2.4 billion letting goal by year’s end.

Recently, PennDOT announced that their 2017 letting goal will again be $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


President-elect Donald Trump nominates Elaine Chao as secretary of transportation

November 30, 2016 -- Leave a Comment

819px-elaine_chao_large-819x675President-elect Donald Trump announced that Elaine Chao is his nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation. Chao is the former secretary of labor under President George W. Bush.

Chao has had a long and successful career in Washington. She’s the first Asian-American woman to have held a cabinet-level position. Before becoming labor secretary, she served as a deputy secretary of transportation under President George H.W. Bush. Her work in transportation was primarily in maritime travel; Chao was the chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission.

In addition to her service in the federal government, Chao has been president and CEO of the United Way of America, director of the Peace Corps and a distinguished fellow with the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation.

She is also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

“We are encouraged by Chao’s strong record in transportation and labor issues at the federal level,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “The Trump administration has promised major investment in infrastructure, and the secretary of transportation will play a critical role in that work.”



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 102

November 30, 2016 -- Leave a Comment

PDSITELOGO2Pennsylvania Switches to Annual Inspections

Pennsylvania trucking companies and the Pennsylvania Motor Carriers Association are celebrating in the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of pro-trucking legislation into law on Nov. 4.

The new law requires annual inspections instead of semi-annual inspections for large commercial trucks as had been the case in Pennsylvania. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all trucks to undergo FMCSA-certified inspections annually. Only California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland and New Hampshire require trucks to be inspected more often.

Blue road stripe raises eyebrows of transportation officials

A community in central Pennsylvania has raised eyebrows at the state transportation department by coloring inside the lines.

Road crews in Conoy Township painted a blue stripe between the double-yellow lines on some streets to express support for police, firefighters and ambulance crews.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 101

November 21, 2016 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 101

PDSITELOGO2TWU Local 234 members approve SEPTA contract

A contract that ended a weeklong transit strike earlier this month was ratified by union members Friday night, the final approval needed to put the agreement into effect. Members of the Transport Workers Union Local 234 voted 1,982-760 to accept the five-year contract.

Some Pa. Turnpike projects in Philly region could be scrapped

Six expansion projects planned by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, including some in the Philadelphia region, could be axed because of money the agency is required to divert to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The commission said that a yearly payment of $450 million made to PennDOT is hampering its ability to maintain and improve the Turnpike.

Source: Rep. Lou Barletta Is In The Hunt For Secretary Of Transportation

Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta is attempting to become the Secretary of Transportation, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller. Rep. Barletta was an early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump and is on Trump’s transition executive committee.

Conservatives vs. Trump’s infrastructure plan

One of Donald Trump’s top campaign promises — a trillion-dollar program to rebuild highways, tunnels, bridges and airports — is already meeting resistance from conservatives. The president-elect has vowed that his infrastructure proposal will create “millions” of jobs, likening it to Dwight Eisenhower’s creation of the interstate highway system.