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2022 Road and Safety Awards Program Opens for PA Townships

PHIA has launched its annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Award program for 2022.  The annual contest is now taking applications by members of the PA State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS). Each year the Pennsylvania… [read more]

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Langerholc to Keynote PHIA Policy Leaders Breakfast

We’re back!  The Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) is returning in 2022 with its first of many Policy Leaders Breakfast Series events.  We are pleased to announce that we will kickoff 2022 featuring Senator… [read more]

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PennDOT announces new 511PA features

PennDOT has rolled out several significant improvements to the 511PA traveler information service, along with brief videos demonstrating how to use the new features. One of the improvements involves personal travel alerts,… [read more]

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U.S. House passes Infrastructure Investment and Jobs bill

The logjam that had delayed passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill for months dissolved last night as the U.S. House voted 228 to 206 to concur with the Senate and send the measure to President Biden for final approval. The… [read more]

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Transportation issues update

As October arrives, there has been a flurry of activity in Washington pertaining to transportation. First, the good news. Congressional leaders have agreed to a short-term measure to raise the debt ceiling into early December,… [read more]

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 4

January 24, 2022 -- Leave a Comment

Berks commissioners push back against PennDOT’s proposed bridge toll

PennDOT says the Lenhartsville Bridge in Greenwich Township needs to be fixed, and is proposing a toll to pay for it. The Berks County commissioners are pushing back.

Sen. Marty Flynn appointed Democratic chair of PA Senate Transportation Committee

State Sen. Marty Flynn was appointed as Democratic chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee.

Pittsburgh snagged nearly 1/3 of infrastructure bill’s funding for inland waterways

The $857 million allocation for the Montgomery Locks and Dam, located near Monaca, Pa., represents nearly a third of all the money Congress set aside for inland waterways in its 2021 bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Impact of salting roads on waterways in Pa.

Last winter, PennDOT applied 12.3 million gallons of salt-based salt water to state roads and sprayed an average of 807,766 tonnes of rock salt annually in the last five winters.

Wolf administration gives $2.7 million for fuel transportation projects to improve air quality

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that more than $2.7 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants will go to 18 cleaner fuel transportation projects.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 3

January 18, 2022 -- Leave a Comment

New bridge over the Susquehanna to be in use by late summer

Traffic will begin using a new, nearly mile-long bridge over the Susquehanna River in late summer and bids are expected to be opened in April for the first construction on the southern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway.

Pa. lawmaker wants Venmo, PayPal to become turnpike toll payment methods

State Sen. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, wrote a memorandum last week seeking co-sponsors for a bill that would direct the PA Turnpike Commission to accept PayPal, Venmo, Cash App and Zelle as valid forms of payment.

Tolling I-83/South Bridge would cram local roads with drivers avoiding fee: officials

Residents and officials representing the Camp Hill area met Wednesday night to share their concerns and opposition to a proposal to charge drivers a toll every time they drive over the Interstate-83 bridge.

Tolling the I-83/South Bridge draws opposition from Cumberland County commissioners

Cumberland County commissioners on Monday adopted a resolution stating their opposition to the PennDOT’s proposed tolling of the I-83/South Bridge to pay for the cost of replacing this span over the Susquehanna River.

If the I-83/South Bridge is tolled, ‘growth would be stalled’: Dauphin County officials

Charging a $1 or $2 toll to cross the I-83/South Bridge in each direction is as unpopular with county officials on the East Shore as it is with their counterparts on the West Shore.

Governor, DOT announce Pa. to receive $1.6 billion to fix state bridges

Gov. Tom Wolf stood alongside U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to launch the largest bridge formula program in American history, made possible by the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The funds will fix more than 3,000 bridges across the state.

 

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Senate bill would address autonomous vehicle issues

January 14, 2022 -- Comments Off on Senate bill would address autonomous vehicle issues

Nearly as soon as we ushered in a new year, Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Johnstown) hit the ground running.

Last week, Langerholc, Republican chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, unveiled legislation that would facilitate the testing and commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles. The bipartisan measure would bolster western Pennsylvania’s established leadership in the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

Senate Bill 965 would modify Pennsylvania laws to allow for vehicles to operate without a seated driver and permit testing and commercial deployment through Level 5, or full automation. It also would address insurance liability and local governance, as well as PennDOT’s role.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa and PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian joined Langerholc at the unveiling event, which was held at Carnegie Mellon University. CMU is a nationally recognized leader in advancing autonomous vehicle technology.

The bill was referred to Langerholc’s committee. For more information, follow this link.

And in a related matter, Senator Langerholc will appear at PHIA’s Policy Leader Breakfast on Feb. 8 at 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg. To register, click here.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 2

January 10, 2022 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 2

Bipartisan effort addresses Pa.’s autonomous vehicle industry

State Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Johnstown, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, discussed how the Pittsburgh region’s continued leadership in autonomous vehicle technology – with cutting edge programs at Carnegie Mellon University and top companies Argo AI, Aurora and others – depends on regulatory changes to thrive, and how leaders from government, industry and education came together to help him craft Senate Bill 965.

Largest electric vehicle charging station in western Pa. installed

The largest electric vehicle charging station in western Pennsylvania was recently installed in Pittsburgh.

Freight movement through 10-county region will be studied in 2022

The Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Alliance proposes to develop a multi-regional freight plan for the 10-county area composed of Berks, Carbon, Lebanon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Schuylkill counties, covering nearly 400 municipalities within the region.

Revenue Department releases December revenue results

The Motor License Fund received $208.5 million for the month, $14.2 million above estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $1.4 billion, which is $61.3 million, or 4.5 percent, above estimate.