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Pa. posts first-quarter revenue results

In our quest to present positive news, sometimes we have to settle for news that’s not as bad as it could have been. And so it is with Pennsylvania’s revenue report for the first quarter of the 2020-21 fiscal year. September… [read more]

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House passes legislation to honor Rick Geist

The Pennsylvania House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would honor a longtime House Transportation Committee chair, the late Rick Geist. Sponsored by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair), the bill would dedicate the 17th… [read more]

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New tool provides highway investment info

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association launched a tool this week that highlights the benefits of highway investment across the country. It shows that Pennsylvania leveraged nearly $1.2 billion in federal… [read more]

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New report cites poor condition of PA’s rural roads and bridges

Pennsylvania has the fifth-highest number of deteriorating rural bridges in the country, according to a new study by a national transportation research organization. The report, produced by a Washington-based nonprofit organization… [read more]

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Across Pa., highway projects set for restart

After suspending construction for six weeks due to COVID-19, contractors are preparing to restart bridge and highway projects across Pennsylvania as soon as May 1. As construction resumes, there has been much discussion regarding… [read more]

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 42

October 27, 2020 -- Leave a Comment

‘Steer Clear’ law revisions in Pennsylvania continue to advance

The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously to advance a bill to revamp the Steer Clear law. The bill, SB1281, awaits further consideration in the House.

Legislation establishes rules for autonomous delivery robots

Legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Ryan P. Aument (R-Lancaster County), would establish rules for the operation of Personal Delivery Devices (PDDs), autonomous robots that deliver packages to consumers and businesses within an approximately three-mile radius.

Saucon Rail Trail extension into Bucks close to completion

The Upper Bucks Rail Trail will extend from where the Saucon Rail Trail ends–along the Lehigh-Bucks county line near Coopersburg–south through Springfield Township to Veterans Park in Richland Township, which is just off E. Pumping Station Road.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 41

October 19, 2020 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 41

Philly-area urban planner says COVID-19 hasn’t ended driving

A recent study, by accounting and consulting firm KPMG, suggests a nationwide decline in the number of people on the roads may never recover from the pandemic, but a Philadelphia-area expert says the effect has been highly exaggerated.

Legislation would transfer Amtrak line to Pennsylvania

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would require Amtrak to transfer ownership of the Keystone East Line to Pennsylvania.

Amtrak wants billions in additional funding for the Northeast Corridor

Amtrak wants more than $1.7 billion in federal tax dollars for the Northeast Corridor, William J. Flynn, Amtrak’s president & CEO, said in a letter to congressional leaders. The money is part of more than $4.8 billion the railroad wants in the 2021 fiscal year to help it recover from COVID-19. Amtrak says it might need to eliminate 2,400 jobs and curtail service if it doesn’t get the money.

SEPTA adjusts expectations on regional rail ridership

The continuing effects of COVID-19 on the Philadelphia region has forced SEPTA to adjust expectations for the return of regional rail riders and for restoring more train service.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 40

October 14, 2020 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 40

Harvard study: Modernizing transportation yields $11.1B in health benefits

A new study from Harvard University had found that plans to transform the transportation sector and reduce air pollution could result in major health benefits for those living in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

PennDOT’s outreach efforts for ‘Big I’ roundabout in Crawford County recognized

The PennDOT’s Northwest Region is the recipient of a communication honor for its public outreach efforts done in connection with the “Big I” Roundabout construction in Crawford County.

Downtown’s I-579 Cap project is on schedule

A project to reconnect Pittsburgh’s Hill District to downtown is well underway about a year before its projected completion. The I-579 Cap Urban Connector Project will bridge the neighborhoods with a three-acre park atop the existing highways.

Expiration dates on commercial licenses and permits extended again

PennDOT is once again extending expiration dates on specific commercial driver’s licenses and permits in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 39

September 29, 2020 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 39

PennDOT to resume motorcycle safety courses

PennDOT, through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, is partnering with multiple vendors to resume motorcycle safety training classes for state residents through a statewide pilot program.

Tougher ‘Move Over’ bill passes unanimously in Pa. Senate

By a 49-0 vote, the Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that rebrands the state’s “Steer Clear” law enacted in 2017 to the “Move Over” law. It would assign points to a motorist’s license as well as doubles the current fines for those found failing to move over to a non-adjacent lane when approaching an emergency response area, or if that’s not possible, slowing to at least 20 mph below the speed limit.

DCNR designates planned Schuylkill-to-Susquehanna Greenway

To be classified as a Statewide Major Greenway, a corridor must be at least 50 miles long, pass through two or more counties, and be recognized in official planning documents. Major greenways also receive the highest priority when allocating trail funds.

Learn the benefits and basics of driving electric vehicles in a free webinar

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and PennDOT will hold a free public informational webinar on the benefits and basics of driving electric vehicles on Sept. 30 at 11 AM, and again on Oct. 1 at 6 PM as part of National Drive Electric Week.

Speed cameras slowing drivers through Pa. work zones

PennDOT says cameras set up in construction zones are slowing some drivers down — but not all.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 38

September 21, 2020 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 38

PennDOT says highly automated vehicles have ‘potential to help make transportation safer’

The state secretary of transportation said that there were more than 125,000 reports of crashes in Pennsylvania last year, killing 1,059 people. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 94 percent of those crashes were from driver error. Officials think highly automated vehicles can improve those numbers.

PennDOT issues Real IDs in PA after coronavirus delay

PennDOT has started reissuing Real ID driver’s licenses Wednesday after the coronavirus outbreak forced a six-month pause in operations. The licenses are one way Pennsylvania residents can meet security rules going into effect in October 2021 that will determine who can board a domestic flight or enter certain government facilities.

‘Steer Clear’ law revisions advance in Pennsylvania

The Senate Transportation Committee voted to advance the bill to improve safety on the state’s roadways. If approved by the legislature, the bill would mark the second time in four years revisions have been made to the safety rule.

Report: Moving to fully electric vehicles could save lives, improve climate

It’s no secret that pollution is harmful in many ways to both, the planet and the people. Now, a new American Lung Association report called “Road to Clean Air” claims a transition to zero-emissions electric vehicles by 2050 could save thousands of lives and improve our climate and economy.

Harrisburg officials present plan for safer State Street

Their goal was to engage with residents about coming changes to State Street – an area that was once named the deadliest road in the nation for pedestrians. And over the past two years, the city’s Vision Zero project has studied the statistics and consulted with residents to see how they could make the road safer for people to cross.