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]
Local Governments to Receive $445 Million for Road Maintenance
Under Act 89, the comprehensive multi-modal transportation funding bill, Pennsylvania municipalities receive a sum of money annually to maintain local roads and bridges. This year, PennDOT will release more than $445 million… [read more]
PennDOT, State Police & PHIA Observe State Highway Safety Law Awareness Week
This week is Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Law Awareness Week, and PHIA joins PennDOT and State Police in encouraging motorists to pay special attention to the laws of the road. State Police and PennDOT highlighted the following… [read more]
PHIA president Van Buren supports State Police funding study
HARRISBURG (Feb. 8, 2016) – The president of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association today urged a legislative committee to request a study to determine the appropriate level of support for State Police operations with… [read more]
NEWS & UPDATES
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is boosting tolls by 6 percent starting January 8, 2017. Tolls have increased every year since 2009 as the commission seeks revenue to pay for a long-term project to reconstruct the Turnpike and handle its debt service.
“The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.16 to $1.23 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.80 to $1.95 for cash customers,” the commission stated in a press release Tuesday.
Philadelphia city officials are now trying get speed cameras installed along Roosevelt Boulevard. The road has long been considered one of the deadliest stretches in Philadelphia.
“This will provide needed enforcement and take away the need for our policemen to be worried about enforcing these laws with manpower,” said Representative John Taylor who proposed House Bill 2233.
More red-light cameras could soon be headed to Pennsylvania roadways. A bill on the governor’s desk would expand and extend the state’s red-light camera program.
House lawmakers voted 146-43 on Monday, July 11, to advance a bill to Gov. Tom Wolf that covers traffic signals and the use of automated enforcement in the state. The Senate already approved the bill by a 45-5 vote.
Eighteen months into two-year experimental licenses granted to Uber and Lyft to operate their ride-sharing services in Pennsylvania, the companies’ presence in Philadelphia continues to be a point of contention as regulators and legislators attempt to bridge the gap between city and state laws.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Commends Local Officials for Embracing Transit-Service Efficiencies
With its recent vote to consolidate its shared ride public transportation service into the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (CPTA), Perry County became the latest county to pursue efficiencies while preserving service, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards said.
CPTA will begin administering the service on October 1, a move that is expected to contain costs and sustain service into the future.
Provision added to begin phase down and cap of highway funds to the State Police
Last week, the General Assembly finally adopted the supplemental revenue and tax bills to finalize the state budget process for the 2016-17 fiscal year. In those bills, a provision was added that will slowly phase down the amount of money going from the Motor License Fund (MLF) to the Pennsylvania State Police for its operations.
Senate leadership Inserted into the fiscal code language that would cap the amount of money diverted in this fiscal year for state police operations at $802 million. The funding will then decrease-starting in 2017-18’s budget-at an annual rate of 4% over the next 10 years until it reaches a cap of $500 million.
For the first time, we have statutory language to cap and begin phasing down the amount of money going from the highway construction and maintenance program to the State Police. The General Assembly will be obligated to find any future increases in State Police funding from the General Fund or other revenue streams.
PHIA members in the Lancaster area are cordially invited to a Transportation Funding Issue Briefing, sponsored by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry July 25 at 10 a.m. at Lancaster Airport.
Finding solutions and opportunities for Lancaster County’s transportation and infrastructure needs continues to be critical to both local business and economic success. PennDOT Deputy Secretary Jim Ritzman will join regional transportation experts in a panel discussion of what’s been done and what’s on the horizon relating to Act 89, as well as transportation policy for the future. The discussion will be moderated by PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. Other sponsors are Sable Commercial Realty and Southern Airways Express.
Don’t miss your chance to learn how Lancaster County will benefit from the $2.3 to $2.4 billion funding being allocated over five years. Register today!
A second federal agency is investigating a fatal May 7 crash in Florida involving a Tesla automobile operating in Autopilot mode that failed to stop when a tractor-trailer turned in front of it. The National Transportation Safety Board, which more typically looks into accidents involving trains, planes, buses and ships, confirmed on Sunday that it had sent a team to investigate the crash, which killed Joshua Brown, an entrepreneur from Ohio.
Uber has struck a deal with Philadelphia to operate legally in the city during the Democratic National Convention and through the summer. The agreement announced Thursday with Uber was prompted by a major disruption in regional rail service. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority took a third of its regional rail car fleet out of service this weekend because of structural defects.
A public-private partnership is expected to have recommendations for transportation improvements in the 10-county area by the end of the year, but a crowd-sourcing survey shows a strong interest in one particular area: more public transit. The Regional Transportation Alliance asked 800 groups what transportation changes would make the biggest difference for their clients or members.
Residents and officials from two southern Lancaster County townships met in a sweltering fire hall Thursday to discuss the future of their shared police force — one at the center of a growing local debate over the cost of public safety, fiscal priorities and how much police coverage in a community is enough. Before a large crowd of residents inside Conestoga’s fire hall, supervisors from both Pequea and Conestoga townships said financial realities require some changes to the 12-year-old agreement that laid the groundwork for their joint Southern Regional Police Department (SRPD).
PennDOT let over $240 million projects during the month of June. With this letting, PennDOT has bid a total of $1.335 billion in 2016 to date. At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $1.421 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 Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (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 June 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.