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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Coronavirus is the newest threat to highway funding

Despite the troubles that swirl around us, there was a glimmer of positivity this week as the American Road & Transportation Builders Association released its annual report on the condition of the nation’s bridges. In… [read more]

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 32

August 10, 2020 -- Leave a Comment

Pennsylvania bill would reinstate turnpike toll collectors

The Senate Transportation Committee voted 13-1 to reverse a decision made by the commission to permanently let go of 492 employees, most of which were fare collectors.

SEPTA introduces social distancing coaches

SEPTA is introducing social distancing coaches to help promote mask-wearing compliance and social distancing.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 31

August 4, 2020 -- Leave a Comment

Coronavirus led to less traffic

The coronavirus pandemic upended commuting patterns in the Pittsburgh region. In the early months of Pennsylvania’s shutdown, traffic dropped by as much as 50 percent in Allegheny County, according to Streetlight Data. On average, PennDOT officials say vehicular traffic remains about 20 percent lower than normal.

Report: 49 percent of Americans support mileage fees

A report from the Mineta Transportation Institute found that nearly half of all Americans support a mileage fee and that 75 percent of Americans support a gas tax increase if the money is used on maintenance projects.

PennDOT deals with COVID-19

Western Pennsylvania has two seasons — winter and road construction — or so the old gag goes. But this year, construction season is overlapping with pandemic season. And PennDOT’s road crews are clad in suitable attire, including face coverings.

Fare hikes, layoffs, shutdowns possible for Pa. mass transit without billions in funding

People who rely on mass transit are concerned because their means to get around – as well as their jobs – could be in danger if critical funding isn’t provided quickly.

There’s not enough money to fix all of the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges, PennDOT says

The Wolf administration is projecting gas tax revenue could decline as much as $800 million over the next 18 months.\

PennDOT seeks public’s input with annual highway safety survey

PennDOT has released its annual online Highway Safety Survey and is encouraging motorists to take it.



Remembering Nick Micozzie

July 30, 2020 -- Comments Off on Remembering Nick Micozzie

This week, we note with sadness the passing of former state Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, 89, after suffering a fall the previous week.

Nick, of Delaware County, served in the House from 1979 until his retirement in 2014. He will be remembered mostly as the longtime Republican chair of the House Insurance Committee, but he played a major role in advancing the legislation that became Act 89 of 2013, the transportation funding measure.

Nick took on the chairmanship of the Transportation Committee following the death of Dick Hess in September, 2013. Many wondered why he would leave the relatively comfortable job as Insurance chair and take on the difficult and controversial challenge of transportation funding.

In keeping with his longtime public policy philosophy, he explained that he believed it was “the right thing to do.” He shepherded the measure through the House, and two months later, Act 89 became law.

We at PHIA and throughout Pennsylvania transportation circles send our deep condolences to Nick’s family and friends. To read more about his professional and personal life, follow this link to the DelCo Times.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 30

July 27, 2020 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 30

Reading Area Transportation Study group approves $274.8 million four-year transportation plan

The Reading Area Transportation Study group unanimously approved a $274.8 million four-year transportation improvement plan, but there is much uncertainty about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect it.

PennDOT extends expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver’s licenses, ID cards and learner’s permits

Expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits are being extended again, this time until Aug. 31, PennDOT said Friday.

With e-bikes becoming more popular, Pa. lawmakers want to regulate where you can ride them

A bill being considered by Pennsylvania’s House Transportation Committee seeks to update the state’s vehicle code to regulate these so-called e-bikes and determine where they can operate.

Pa. Turnpike raising tolls again in 2021; those without E-ZPass will pay much more

Those driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike should expect to pay more next year, and those without E-ZPass could see a significant increase in their tolls.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 29

July 21, 2020 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 29

Pa., 14 other states set goals to jump-start transition to electric trucks

A coalition of states is following California’s lead in setting goals to jump-start a transition to electric-powered trucks, vans and buses in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality for communities choked by diesel fumes.

Governor Wolf announces investments in 27 multimodal projects

Governor Tom Wolf announced that 27 highway, bridge, transit, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties were selected for $30.2 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

$451M Lehigh Valley transportation plan heads to PennDOT, the feds

Local officials have signed off on a $451 million transportation plan for Lehigh Valley roads and bridges over the next four years, without the Route 22 widening project as planned.

House OKs bill to honor Geist

Legislation to honor former state Rep. Richard A. Geist was approved by the House, said state Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Blair, the author of the bill. “Rick” Geist was an Altoona native and a former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 79th District who was first elected in 1978. He represented Altoona in the state House of Representatives from 1979 to 2012.

Unity museum program will provide trip through Pa. highway history

The evolution of Pennsylvania’s road system will be discussed by Jeff Kitsko July 27 at the Lincoln Highway Experience transportation museum in Unity.

Long-delayed Lehigh Valley bridge projects nearing completion

Two Lehigh Valley bridges — the final projects in a statewide bridge replacement project — should finally be completed in early August after years of delays.