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Capital Beltway tabbed for major improvements

Those who commute on Harrisburg’s Capital Beltway received good news as we rang in the new year, with PennDOT announcing a couple of big-ticket projects involving Interstates 83 and 81 and Route 581. Plans call for widening… [read more]

Capital Beltway tabbed for major improvements Capital Beltway tabbed for major improvements

Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution

Faced with the expiration of a $400 million subsidy from the Turnpike for public transportation, the Wolf administration is beginning to set the stage for replacing that revenue. PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, at the Associated… [read more]

Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution

Rafferty named PHIA Advocate of the Year; Senate approves automated speed enforcement

PHIA has had an eventful couple of weeks, beginning with our annual transportation conference last week and capped by the state Senate’s 47-1 concurrence vote on the long-awaited automated speed enforcement bill on Tuesday. Due… [read more]

Rafferty named PHIA Advocate of the Year; Senate approves automated speed enforcement Rafferty named PHIA Advocate of the Year; Senate approves automated speed enforcement

CSVT reaches another milestone

The fourth and final bidding on the northern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway took place last week, and we thought this would be a good time for an update on the project. The CSVT is a rare new capacity project… [read more]

CSVT reaches another milestone CSVT reaches another milestone

Registration Now Open for 2018 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 PHIA Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg.  Click HERE for more information and to register!    … [read more]

Registration Now Open for 2018 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting Registration Now Open for 2018 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting

NEWS & UPDATES

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 8

February 21, 2019 -- Leave a Comment

AG: Rising police demand tied to pension problems

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale drew a link last week between helping struggling municipal pension plans get out of debt and easing demand for state police coverage in additional parts of Pennsylvania.

State Police nab 1,800 drivers for ignoring restrictions during winter storms

Pennsylvania State Police issued citations to more than 800 drivers of commercial vehicles — including tractor-trailers, flatbeds, box trucks and buses — for ignoring or violating emergency road restrictions during severe storms this week.

‘Roadmap’ puts DEP squarely behind greater use of electric vehicles

It may not be the Green New Deal, but a new report by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection tries to nudge the state toward greater use of electric vehicles.

Pennsylvania commits funding $670 million transportation project for State College connection

A $670 million project to improve the connection on U.S. Route 322 between the top of the Seven Mountains and State College will become a reality, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced at a press conference Wednesday.

Rep. Smucker to serve on three transportation infrastructure subcommittees

Smucker will serve on the Hazardous Materials and the Subcommittee on Aviation, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

 

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Paying for police coverage is again an issue

February 14, 2019 -- Leave a Comment

In his annual budget address this week, Gov. Tom Wolf has once again proposed that the Commonwealth charge a fee to Pennsylvanians who rely on State Police coverage in their communities rather than a local or regional police force.

The argument supporting such a fee is that this “free” State Police coverage is subsidized by the roughly three-quarters of Pennsylvanians who also pay for their own local police coverage. Those who opt to disband their local police forces or never had one in the first place generally pay significantly lower local property taxes.

Whether this proposal stands a better chance of adoption this year after failing to gain traction in previous budgets remains to be seen, but few policymakers articulate the reasoning better than state Rep. Mike Sturla of Lancaster, who chairs the House Democratic Policy Committee. To read a Q&A interview featuring Sturla and PennLive reporter Wallace McKelvey, click here.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol 4. No. 7

February 11, 2019 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol 4. No. 7

Change is coming for people who need rides to medical appointments, and LANTA is worried

Transportation authorities are warning the switch could mean a change in service hours, a change in providers and potentially higher costs for clients.

Pittsburgh residents don’t fear driverless vehicles, survey says

Pittsburghers are – by and large – comfortable sharing the road with autonomous vehicles, bucking national trends that show most U.S. drivers distrust driverless technology.

State, local leaders urge Congress to act on infrastructure plan

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti both told members of Congress how they campaigned to raise their constituents’ taxes for infrastructure, and emerged victorious.

Should all Pa. towns pay for police protection? Q&A with Rep. Mike Sturla

For more than a decade, state Rep. Mike Sturla pushed legislation to force municipalities that rely solely on the state police for protection to help pay for those services.

PhilaPort nears completion of deepening project

PhilaPort, the Port of Philadelphia, is nearing completion of the Delaware River Deepening Project. The project will create a 45-foot shipping channel capable of accommodating vessels as large as 14,500 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Municipalities would pay up to $7M for state police under Wolf’s proposed budget

Municipalities now getting free state police coverage would be asked to pay as much as $7 million for it under one component in the governor’s proposed budget.

Some love for the infrastructure we already have

While federal policymakers prepare to debate how they might provide more funding for new or improved infrastructure, state and local governments are beginning to tackle the long-neglected issue of deferred maintenance with money, muscle and spreadsheets.

Transportation Safety Board releases “Most Wanted” list for reducing traffic deaths

The National Transportation Board is working to decrease the number of traffic fatalities across the nation by targeting three key factors — speeding, alcohol and drug-related incidents, and distracted driving.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 6

February 4, 2019 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 6

Archer & Greiner appoints former PA legislator John Taylor as director of public affairs practice

Archer & Greiner is pleased to announce John J. Taylor has been appointed as director of the Pennsylvania practice of Archer Public Affairs, a governmental and external relations affiliate of Archer.

Gov. Wolf names projects to receive Multimodal Transportation Fund grants

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties were selected for $44.5 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Trump executive order promotes domestic construction materials

President Donald Trump Jan. 31 signed an executive order promoting – and potentially requiring – expanded use of American-made materials (including steel, iron and cement) on federally-financed infrastructure projects.

Road crews will go from plowing snow to patching potholes

“We’re going to see more potholes popping up during this freeze-thaw cycle,” says PennDOT’s Assistant District 11 Executive Angelo Pampena.

Capital investments, infrastructure high on priority list for Pennsylvania municipalities

Capital infrastructure maintenance and improvement is the No. 1 priority for more than 21 percent of Pennsylvania municipal governments, according to the Municipal Management Priorities Survey prepared for the Chrostwaite Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on research and government efficiency.

Wolf wants PA severance tax to pay for massive infrastructure rebuild

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday outlined a $4.5 billion plan to restore the state’s infrastructure, with revenue to come from a proposed natural gas severance tax.

How will driverless cars really change cities? Who knows

It’s normal to have long and passionate debates about the future that technological breakthroughs will bring us. Sometimes the boldest predictions turn out to be right. Other times they miss the mark by quite a bit.

Final contract awarded for $306 million section of Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. has gotten the $52.3 million contract to do drainage, paving, sign, lighting and traffic signal work, PennDOT reports. Work will begin when the weather breaks.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 5

January 28, 2019 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 5

Road salt use creates environmental worries

Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation still relies on a steady diet of salt to de-ice state roads and highways. But in some other states, including neighboring New Jersey, products like beet juice and cheese brine are being used to keep drivers safe and roads away from salt.

PennDOT Connects program aims to improve transportation planning

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced that project-planning collaboration and outreach with more than 750 municipalities is complete on more than 1,850 projects through the department’s PennDOT Connects transportation planning process.

King of Prussia rail project reaches two milestones

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Board has approved a contract to advance further engineering of the KOP Rail extension of the Norristown High Speed Line.

State troopers issue nearly 1,000 citations for driving during snow storm

Pennsylvania State Police issued nearly 1,000 citations to commercial drivers who were stopped on Pennsylvania highways during this weekend’s storms.

OPINION | The bus system of the future

Indianapolis is rethinking its approach, seeking new efficiencies that will better serve those from disadvantaged communities.