Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation
Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that PennDOT will invest $2.1 billion in bridge and highway work this year, about $600 million more than would have been available without passage of the Transportation Funding Act last fall. At… [read more]
U.S. Highway Trust Fund could run out by July
The federal Highway Trust Fund could run out of money as early as July, according to a recently updated projection by the U.S. Department of Transportation. On Oct. 1, the beginning of the current fiscal year, the highway portion… [read more]
Registration OPEN for 2014 PHIA Conference
Registration is now open for the 2014 PHIA Transportation Conference & Annual Meeting. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Be sure to visit the Conference Website to register,… [read more]
‘Out of the mud,’ once again
It will probably take several years to fully comprehend and appreciate it, but the events in Harrisburg regarding transportation this week will transform Pennsylvania and its residents, much like Gifford Pinchot’s road-building… [read more]
PennDOT posts weight restrictions on 1,000 bridges
PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch announced today that the department has posted weight restrictions on approximately 1,000 state and local bridges in order to minimize wear and tear on them in the absence of a bridge and highway… [read more]
NEWS & UPDATES
While lifting the cap on Pennsylvania’s Oil Company Franchise Tax may have caused a modest increase in gas prices, recent news reports say that the larger culprit is the increasing price of ethanol.
Most gasoline sold in the U.S. is made up of approximately 10 percent ethanol, according to MarketWatch. A volatile ethanol market is to blame for driving up gasoline prices since early February of this year.
Ethanol prices rose by 22 percent in March alone, and the price of ethanol to date has risen 30 percent, to $2.30 per gallon. The corn-based fuel has been a popular blending option in recent years, as it is cheaper than gasoline. The shortage of ethanol is due mostly to this winter’s harsh weather, which caused transportation disruptions. Read more
The PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) posted a list of over 250 additional projects that are now able to be completed as a direct result of Act 89–Pennsylvania’s new transportation funding law. The lists are separated by PennDOT district and represent those “Decade of Investment” projects that were discussed during the funding bill discussions by the General Assembly.
To view or download the list(s), you can click HERE.
The effects of Act 89 continue to spike PennDOT lettings in 2014. PennDOT bid a little over $68 million in projects in March, bringing the year-to-date total to over $448.6 million. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $287.4 million in lettings.
With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT coming close to $2 billion in construction lettings in 2014. PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings. Read more
Patterson, an aide to former President George W. Bush and Gov. Tom Corbett, provides historical context on how America strayed from its prosperous course of nation-building that made the U.S. a superpower.
In 1971, Congress voted to end funding for the next-generation commercial airliner, the Boeing 2707 SST, essentially ending a century-long streak of national infrastructure development. The decision was followed with additional legislative acts of the ‘70s, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, which blocked further infrastructure projects due to its heavy restrictions. Read more
The passage of Pennsylvania’s $2.3 billion transportation funding bill will bring lasting benefits to motorists, and PHIA is committed to educating the public about the positive changes to come.
“Most people don’t often think about it, but the condition of Pennsylvania’s highway system affects the state’s economic health,” said Jason Wagner, PHIA managing director. “Our economy is dependent upon our highway system. This makes it especially important to keep the public informed.”
Now that the bill has passed, PHIA’s next step is to ensure that important information reaches Pennsylvania’s highway users.
“Our goal is to be the go-to source for highway information,” Wagner said. “We want to make certain that the public is kept up to date on the changes taking place and to be aware of how these changes are improving transportation for them.”
The video below outlines some of the ways funding from the transportation bill will improve Pennsylvania’s transportation system: