Registration Now Open for 2016 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting
Registration is now open for the 2016 PHIA Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Click HERE for more information and to register! … [read more]
Automated Work Zone Enforcement Advances in the Senate
Senate Bill 840, sponsored by Senator David Argall (R-Berks), which creates a pilot program for automated camera enforcement in work zones, passed unanimously out of Senate Appropriations Committee last night. Before passage,… [read more]
‘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]
NEWS & UPDATES
Earlier this week, TRIP released a report in Pittsburgh showing the major role that the Mon-Fayette Expressway expansion would have on the economic development of the entire region.
TRIP is a national organization that conducts transportation research with sponsorship from many different industry groups.
The report, Extending the Mon-Fayette Expressway and Busway East (E/BEE)” Reducing Traffic Congestion, Enhancing Economic Vitality, Improving Public Safety, and Accommodating Desirable Development in the Mon Valley in the Pittsburgh Area, looks at the impact to the Mon Valley region of a 13-mile extension of the expressway as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. Busway East. The cost is estimated at $1.7 billion, but would drastically improve access and mobility to the area. Read more
The first four years of the plan — 2017 to 2020 — are designated as the Transportation Improvement Program or TIP, Tarquino said. Projects ranked first in the report are funded under TIP. TIP is updated every two years and work ranked second and third move up on the list.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be required to remove dead deer along state roads during general maintenance or as soon as they’re notified of one because of an amendment, introduced by Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, to House Bill 898, according to his spokesperson Casey Long. It’ll go into effect next month but, until then, the department isn’t required to remove the carcasses within a certain time frame.
Maintenance problems that halted two of the US’s largest transit systems will likely spread to other systems unless funding needs are addressed and adequately managed, Fitch Ratings says, noting that long-term planning will help manage maintenance and capital requirements.
However, the U.S. Department of Transportation wants to change the way transportation funds are allocated along the east coast.
PennDOT let over $106 million projects during the month of July according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC). With this letting, PennDOT has bid a total of $1.435 billion in 2016 to date. At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $1.712 billion. The official 2015 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT reported at the annual meeting of the APC that 2016 lettings are expected to 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.
As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.
To view the full July letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.
*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today joined US Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Gregory Nadeau and FHWA Division Administrator Renee Sigel to showcase the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC). Pennsylvania was chosen to host because of the success of the Pennsylvania STIC.
“We are proud to be playing a leading role nationally in championing better ways to deliver transportation services,” Richards said. “We welcome today’s opportunity to meet with our federal counterparts to review our progress.”
Bus drivers from across Pennsylvania were in our area this weekend perfecting their driving skills.
The Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association held its annual bus ROADEO competition at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.
They call it a ROADEO but it’s really just an obstacle course.