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Proposed budget reduces amount diverted from transportation

Governor Wolf’s proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year would allocate $769 million to the State Police from the Motor License Fund. That amount compares with $778 million in the current fiscal year and continues a gradual… [read more]

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PHIA’s 2018 wish list

Happy New Year to one and all, and we hope you had a terrific holiday season. As we begin a new year, we thought we’d share our 2018 wish list. Here we go: One of PHIA’s most important points of emphasis is public safety,… [read more]

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GOP tax bills also involve infrastructure

The always insightful Governing Magazine had an article this week observing that the Republican-sponsored tax bills before Congress are also infrastructure bills because they contain provisions that would impact the ability of… [read more]

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Wolf rejects diverting more transportation funds

Transportation advocates appear to have received great news this week as a spokesman for Governor Wolf said the governor does not intend to tap into transportation money to close a $300 million budget gap. In recognition of… [read more]

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PA revenue package approved, but questions remain

Nearly four months beyond the beginning of the fiscal year, the General Assembly has approved revenue bills that – at least in theory – will balance the budget of nearly $32 billion that was approved earlier this year. Assuming… [read more]

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 28

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Man charged with theft of nearly $5,000 in unpaid tolls

A Newville man is accused of using the Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls 76 times over two years without paying, racking up more almost $5,000 in unpaid tolls.

SEPTA unveils Regional Rail locomotives

The purchase of the new locomotives was made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s comprehensive transportation funding bill.

Gov. Wolf announces traffic signal funds to benefit 70 municipalities statewide

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing safety and mobility across Pennsylvania’s communities.

PennDOT and DCED announce designation of U.S. bicycle Routes 30 and 36

PennDOT and the Department of Community and Economic Developed today announced that two new U.S. Bicycle Routes have been designated in Pennsylvania: USBRs 30 and 36. These U.S. Bicycle Route designations create nationally recognized interstate bicycle touring routes in Pennsylvania, which bring significant long-term economic benefits to local communities from out-of-state tourism.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 27

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Pa. lading turnpike with debt

The toll increase — which, like state pension contributions — are going nowhere but up in the coming years, largely because of shortsighted decisions years ago by lawmakers and the governor.

Editorial: Hit brakes on endless turnpike toll hikes

The turnpike commission should continue to lobby state lawmakers to find another way to fund Pennsylvania’s roadways and mass transit than to continually raise tolls on those travelling [sic] the turnpike.

High tolls price of bad governance

Pennsylvania lawmakers who recently fled the state Capitol for a three-month summer vacation used their E-ZPasses not only to pay their tolls on the way out of town, but to mask their own bad governance.

Auditor General DePasquale says Turnpike toll hikes making roadway unaffordable

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued this statement following a vote today by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to raise tolls six percent in January 2019 — the eleventh consecutive annual increase.

Pennsylvania Turnpike fares to rise another 6 percent in 2019

Motorists will pay about 6 percent more to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike next year, whether they pay cash or use the E-ZPass pay system. Read more

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 26

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Trump’s own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure

President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure. He also wants to strengthen the U.S. steel industry through tariffs on imports. But that second goal could make it more costly to accomplish the first.

Pennsylvania Turnpike toll violator sent to jail for first time by Lancaster County judge

A Montgomery County man is the state’s first toll violator to be sent to jail on a criminal charge of not paying tolls and fees, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Route 30 reopens after April landslide

Nearly three months after collapsing during a landslide, Route 30 is back open, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

Larson Transportation Institute brings big win with USDOT grant

Improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure will be the primary focus of a multi-university transportation research program led by Penn State, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) 2017 Region 3 University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 25

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Experts say a regional approach is essential for tackling freight transportation

As construction of warehouses and distribution centers continues to increase throughout the region, the challenges of transporting all that freight continue to rise in importance.

PennDOT secretary addresses local freight issues at summit

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards reviewed steps Gov. Tom Wolf’s office has taken to address freight-related challenges at the first in-the-state summit.

To combat potholes, cities turn to technology

In a growing number of cities, including Omaha, Nebraska; Hartford, Connecticut; and San Diego, residents can download an app for reporting potholes. In Houston, residents can check out the Pothole Tracker app or log on to a website and see graphics and charts showing the city’s progress in fixing them.

How the Koch brothers are killing public transit projects around the country

In cities and counties across the country — including Little Rock, Ark.; Phoenix, Ariz.; southeast Michigan; central Utah; and here in Tennessee — the Koch brothers are fueling a fight against public transit, an offshoot of their longstanding national crusade for lower taxes and smaller government.

OOIDA seeks class action status for Pennsylvania toll lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Motorists Association are asking a federal court to grant class action status to their lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. If granted, more than 100,000 motorists could be potential class members in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of “excessive” toll increases on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

New buses running on natural gas

This morning Amtran introduced five new compressed natural gas buses. They held a special ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at their operation center on Fifth Avenue in Altoona.

 

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House, Senate to try once more to advance automated speed enforcement bill

June 19, 2018 -- Comments Off on House, Senate to try once more to advance automated speed enforcement bill

The reasons for the General Assembly to pass an automated speed enforcement bill are compelling:

  • Across the country, an average of 14 motorists and 2 highway workers are killed in work zones every week.
  • The number of work zone crashes is increasing – by 42 percent since 2013.
  • The rate of fatal crashes in work zones is greater than fatal crashes elsewhere.
  • Automated speed enforcement is proven to work. Once Maryland drivers became accustomed to that state’s program, the proportion of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit by at least 12 miles an hour dropped from 7 percent to less than 1 percent.
  • The right to be safe in a work zone – for travelers and construction workers alike – is more important than the right to not be photographed while breaking the law and putting lives at risk.

“There have been numerous opinions about what should and should not be in the bill,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “As House and Senate members come together once more to iron out their differences, we urge them to look at those differences through the lens of what would make work zones safer for both travelers and workers. Maryland has shown that it can be done.”

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors recently developed a fact sheet outlining why automated speed enforcement makes sense. To view it, click here.