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Committee concludes PA should restore more than $220 million for highway work

The Pennsylvania Legislative Budget & Finance Committee has released the long-awaited report determining the appropriate and justifiable amount of Motor License Fund revenue that can be used to fund State Police operations. Using… [read more]

Committee concludes PA should restore more than $220 million for highway work Committee concludes PA should restore more than $220 million for highway work

The times they are a-changin’

Although we are and always have been the Pa. Highway Information Association, we tend to take a broad view of transportation, thinking of it as a single, integrated, multi-modal system of mobility. This month, Governing Magazine… [read more]

The times they are a-changin’ The times they are a-changin’

Driverless technology advances in Pennsylvania

While engineers and auto manufacturers continue to work on driverless technology, Pennsylvania is beginning work on the regulations that will guide this fledgling industry. PennDOT assembled an Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy… [read more]

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‘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]

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 31

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Leaders discuss importance of regional transportation

Fifty-five percent of Indiana County residents who are employed commute to jobs beyond the county line. That piece of information from a discussion Thursday on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus underscores the importance of the concept of a regional transportation system and of connecting one county to another.

Legislature should create single agency for transportation

For the 10th time in 10 years, the state Turnpike Commission voted recently to raise tolls. This time it’s an average 6 percent increase.

These are the 3 things the US needs to do to stay competitive on infrastructure: Opinion

How does infrastructure in the U.S. compare to that of the rest of the world? It depends on who you ask.

Infrastructure lessons from one of the nation’s first P3s

The PA turnpike was one of the country’s first great public-private infrastructure projects, built by private contractors, financed with revenue bonds and repaid through drivers’ tolls.  We’re going to have to do something as innovative as that if we’re going to deal with the infrastructure problems we’re facing right now.

 

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Recalibrating the notion of ‘easy’ P-3 solutions

August 4, 2017 -- Comments Off on Recalibrating the notion of ‘easy’ P-3 solutions

A Governing Magazine columnist has some interesting thoughts this month on lessons we can learn from one of the nation’s very first public-private partnerships. The P-3 to which he refers? Our very own Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Columnist Donald F. Kettl, former dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, concludes that there are no easy solutions. His column can be found here.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 30

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Infrastructure lessons from one of the nation’s first P3s

The PA turnpike was one of the country’s first great public-private infrastructure projects, built by private contractors, financed with revenue bonds and repaid through drivers’ tolls. We’re going to have to do something as innovative as that if we’re going to deal with the infrastructure problems we’re facing right now.

Ride-sharing’s uneven effect on Pennsylvania transit agencies

Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft began operating in Pennsylvania cities in 2014, but have had divergent effects on public transit agencies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The number of people who ride buses, trains and inclines in Pittsburgh has remained fairly steady, though fewer riders seem to be taking the last buses of the night, said Adam Brandolph, spokesperson for the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Pa. speed camera bill gets boost from federal study

A proposal to bring speed cameras to Roosevelt Boulevard got a boost this week from a federal report encouraging states to approve the devices to make roads safer.

The report, issued Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, “is decisive evidence that automatic speed enforcement is a critical tool we should apply towards preventing deaths and serious injuries,” Mayor Kenney said in a statement.

Cashless turnpike tolls coming to region

Drivers who travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike through Lackawanna County and northern Luzerne County should have a quicker ride starting next spring. The turnpike commission plans to unveil cashless tolling at the toll plazas just south of the Keyser Avenue interchange in Taylor and just south of the Clarks Summit interchange in South Abington Twp. Read more

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 29

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Unfair? Many states charge out-of-state E-ZPass users more for tolls

There’s an E-ZPass “border war” going on, reports the Albany Times-Union. Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine all charge higher tolls on E-ZPass users registered out-of-state than in-state, the newspaper says.

PennDOT planning a four-year, major overhaul of I-81 in Susquehanna County

PennDOT is gearing up for a major highway reconstruction project that will impact a nine mile stretch of Interstate 81.

Train stations in midstate could start to look different in coming years

A number of train stations in the midstate could start to look a little different in the coming years. PennDOT is looking to partner with private developers, and stations in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Mount Joy and Elizabethtown are on the list.

Pa. Turnpike will hike tolls for each of the next 27 years, driving away users, analyst says

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s ninth straight annual toll increase, approved by its board Tuesday, helps pay for turnpike operations, plus the highway’s $500 million annual capital budget and $450 million for mass transit systems, including SEPTA.

Barletta grieves PennDOT worker’s death

A Hazleton man’s death along Interstate 81 was mentioned by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Tuesday as he highlighted the need for stronger safety measures in highway work zones.

House panel approves transportation spending measure

The House Appropriations Committee July 17 approved, 31-20, legislation that would boost federal highway investment by $968 million in FY 2018 and cut a program that supports transit construction projects by $650 million.

Privatization plan hits turbulence; supporters still upbeat

A plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control operations has hit turbulence in the House, raising questions about whether one of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure priorities can survive.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 28

July 18, 2017 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 28

PDSITELOGO2On the road: Can America unjam?

I left sclerotic I-95 for SEPTA 10 years back. But true-believer road engineer Ananth Prasad, the former Florida highways chief who heads engineering contractor HTNB’s transportation group — they’ve been updating U.S. roads and trains since Henry Ford’s day — has me almost believing I could live to see I-76, Pa. 422, N.J. 42, and other jammed arteries pump us smoothly through the workweek if software, auto and construction giants, and government can apply digital tech for public advantage as well as private profits.

CATA ‘looking forward’ to fueling station, growth

More than 75 officials from Crawford County and the surrounding northwestern region of the state gathered Friday for the inaugural Crawford Area Transportation Authority Retreat. Work on a CNG-fueling station to service the vehicles began at CATA’s 2.35-acre Rogers Ferry Road property in April and is nearing completion.

Appeals court upholds Norco bridge contract

An appeals court has rejected a challenge to a multimillion-dollar contract to repair Northampton County’s aging bridges, upholding a project that county officials call the first of its kind.

Kriger Construction was chosen for the roughly $38-million deal to replace 28 bridges and rehab five others, under an innovative private-public partnership. But a competing contractor sued last year, charging a flawed bidding process when Kriger was selected.

Tuesday takes

How nice to hear that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission plans to go after drivers who owe more than $17 million in unpaid tolls, violations and related fees. That includes $3 million owed by motorists in Southwestern Pennsylvania alone.