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Registration Now Open for 2017 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2017 PHIA Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg.  Click HERE for more information and to register!    … [read more]

Registration Now Open for 2017 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting Registration Now Open for 2017 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference & Meeting

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]

Driverless technology advances in Pennsylvania Driverless technology advances in Pennsylvania

‘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]

‘Free’ police coverage has a high price tag ‘Free’ police coverage has a high price tag

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Senate to consider House-passed plan to divert another $100 million from transportation

September 19, 2017 -- Leave a Comment

House Republicans, trying to avoid increasing taxes and having already approved a spending measure, have sent to the Senate a proposed revenue plan that would peel another $100 million away from transportation in Pennsylvania.

Although it’s not as much as the nearly half-billion dollars proposed to be diverted initially, it would represent yet another leak in the increased revenue stream created by Act 89 of 2013.

You may recall that the budget for this fiscal year, passed during the summer, included a diversion of $778 million from the Motor License Fund to support State Police operations. The General Assembly had rolled back the amount diverted last year by about $24 million, but instead of decreasing the diverted amount this year, the House plan would actually increase it by a $76 million. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 36

September 18, 2017 -- Leave a Comment

PA House Passes Bill to Raid Transportation Funds

Around 10pm on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania state House voted to raid various funds throughout the state government—including $100 million from transportation—to plug up the state budget hole.

Editorial | A completed Route 219 would give tremendous boost to region

Motorists are anticipating the opening of the new Route 219 south segment almost as much as kids look forward to Christmas.

Alloway warns lawmakers: Leave transportation money alone

A group of conservative Republicans in the House have proposed balancing Pennsylvania’s overdue budget by withdrawing money from special government accounts, including nearly half a billion dollars from transportation accounts.

Wolf administration hosting Pennsylvania’s first-ever summit on automated vehicles

A Carnegie Mellon University expert on self-driving cars is one of the featured speakers at an automated vehicle summit convened by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The murky future of driverless vehicles

There is little doubt that autonomous vehicles (AVs) are going to transform our transportation landscape. But predicting the timing of the arrival of self-driving vehicles into the mass market, and the manner and magnitude of their impact on our communities, carries considerable uncertainty.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 35

September 12, 2017 -- Leave a Comment

House GOP to test budget-balancing plan in growing stalemate

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return to session Monday for the first time in seven weeks as a lengthening budget stalemate is drawing warnings by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf that he is out of options to make payments on time. Hanging in the balance is $2.2 billion in program funding — about 7 percent of approved spending — and another downgrade to Pennsylvania’s battered credit rating.

Agency heads voice concern over Pa. GOP budget proposal

Agencies are raising alarms over a Pennsylvania GOP-backed House plan to redirect billions of dollars to fill gaps in the state’s badly unbalanced budget.

PennDOT, Leslie Richards to hold town hall on women, diversity at Penn State

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards is visiting Penn State Monday to help host a town hall for students and young professionals on the importance of women and diversity in transportation, engineering and public service.

Philadelphia port sees continued growth in imports

The Philadelphia port continues to be on a roll, with more containerized freight, more liquid bulk cargoes, and more cars arriving at Philadelphia’s 15 piers and terminals on the Delaware River.

2017 Highway Safety Survey

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete and all responses, including the “comments” fields, are completely anonymous. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 34

August 29, 2017 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 34

Bike fatalities increase 12 percent as Pittsburgh, PennDOT work to improve safety

The numbers are stark and concerning: Deaths from bicycle accidents increased 12.2 percent nationwide in 2015, the highest percentage increase in any traffic category that year and the biggest yearly increase in bike deaths in two decades.

Editorial: Bypass improvements should be worth the wait

It’s quite understandable that Berks County motorists are eager to see improvements to the stretch of Route 422 known as the West Shore Bypass.

 

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Work zone crashes increase in PA

August 23, 2017 -- Comments Off on Work zone crashes increase in PA

Act 89 has boosted transportation spending in Pennsylvania. With that comes an increase in work zones, and with that comes an increase in work zone accidents.

Triblive.com reported this week that 2,076 work zone crashes occurred in Pennsylvania last year, an increase of about 7 percent since 2015, according to PennDOT. More than 900 people were injured in those crashes, and 15 people were killed.

According to PennDOT, 644 of the crashes involved speeding, 275 were because of distracted driving and 13 were caused by people on cellphones.

This fall, Pennsylvania House members will consider an automated speed enforcement bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate. Owners of vehicles that drive at excessive speeds through work zones would receive a speeding ticket through the mail.

“The Maryland experience shows that automated speed enforcement works,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “Once motorists become accustomed to the speed cameras, excessive speeding in work zones drops significantly, making work zones safer for motorists, passengers and highway workers.”

The entire Triblive.com article can be found here.