PennDOT Dep. Sec. McAuley to Speak at April 19 PHIA Breakfast

The Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) will host its first Policy Leaders breakfast of the year on April 19, 2018, featuring PennDOT Deputy Secretary George McAuley. George McAuley was appointed to the position… [read more]

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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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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 12

March 19, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

Truckers’ lawsuit calls for refund of ‘excessive’ Pa. turnpike toll hikes

Two nationwide truck driving groups want nearly $6 billion in refunds from Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls they say were improperly used by PennDOT for public transit and other uses, says a federal lawsuit filed this week.

Pennsylvania toll lawsuit similar to pending New York case

A trucking industry lawsuit filed Thursday against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission makes comparable arguments to a New York lawsuit that’s currently at the appellate stage.

How often do drivers crash on Pennsylvania’s roads?

Pennsylvania has over 120,000 miles of roads and highways, about a third of which are maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This report outlines how often motorists crashed on state roads, how often those crashes resulted in injuries or fatalities, and whether that figure has increased or decreased in recent years.

Firm that designed bridge that collapsed in Fla. engineered some of Pa.’s most spectacular bridges

The Florida-based company’s work includes the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge spanning the Susquehanna River just south of Harrisburg. Another major project is the turnpike bridge spanning the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh. Read more


Report examines elderly involvement in fatal accidents

March 14, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

Pennsylvania is among the states with the most vehicle fatalities involving elderly drivers.  A report by TRIP, a nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C., discusses fatalities involving elderly drivers nationwide, as well as possible solutions.

“Largely because of the transportation funding measure known as Act 89, Pennsylvania reached a record low number of overall highway fatalities in 2016,” noted PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner.  “This is very positive news.  However, this report shows there is still much to be done to improve safety for older drivers and improve mobility for seniors.”

To view the “Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans” report, click here.  To view the news release, click here.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 11

March 12, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

The goal of seamless urban mobility

We won’t Uber our way out of traffic congestion. What’s needed is a system to integrate all transportation options.

There’s a smart way to pay for infrastructure. Trump can tell Congress how

President Donald Trump ran on rebuilding the nation’s roads, rails and ports, a priority that members of both parties share. Yet no additional miles of highway, no new runways, no more miles of track will be built without a substantial infusion of federal money.

As Trump threatens to kill New York tunnel project, its leader responds

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao shocked lawmakers from New York and New Jersey recently when she harshly criticized the top item on their wish list: new Amtrak tunnels under the Hudson River to replace the deteriorating 107-year-old tunnels currently in use.

Budget hearings dredge up police funding conundrum (again)

Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to figure out a better way to pay for state police. Most of the department’s annual budget comes from the commonwealth’s Motor License Fund, which is supposed to pay for roads and bridges.

Can ride-hailing companies cure medical transportation woes?

Lyft and Uber are attempting to cure a major medical problem for poor people and the elderly: Getting a ride to the doctor. The ride-hailing services are expanding their offer to take patients around the country to and from non-emergency health care appointments, and they have a huge market to target.

PennDOT road construction projects announced for region

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 146 highway and bridge projects will begin or continue across the seven-county southwest region.




Ride-sharing firms make inroads in health care sector

March 9, 2018 -- Comments Off on Ride-sharing firms make inroads in health care sector

Several recent articles show that ride-sharing firms such as Lyft and Uber are continuing to broaden their scope, most recently beginning to work with health care providers.

A service initially associated with social life in the city is now teaming up with doctors and hospitals to reduce the rate of missed appointments caused by unreliable transportation.

Technology creates options, but it can also create barriers. In a pilot program that includes about 100 hospitals and doctors’ offices, Uber has developed a way for doctors to hail rides for their patients who may be unfamiliar with the app. Rides can be scheduled as far as 30 days in advance. Patients are not required to have a smart phone or the app.

Ride sharing also shows promise in reducing unnecessary ambulance rides. A recent study by the University of Kansas found that ambulance use is down at least 7 percent  in hundreds of cities where ride sharing apps are used. Relying on ride sharing for transportation to medical facilities leaves the ambulances for those with medical emergencies and saves money.

“Lyft, Uber and other ride-sharing companies are having a significant impact on mobility,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “It’s great to see ride-sharing evolve and have a positive impact in health care as well.”



PennDOT lets nearly $71 million in projects during February

March 9, 2018 -- Comments Off on PennDOT lets nearly $71 million in projects during February

PennDOT continued its 2018 construction letting season by issuing just shy of $71 million in projects in February, bringing the year-to-date total to almost $164 million according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  As a result, PennDOT finished 2017 with just over $2.578 billion in project lettings.  PennDOT forecasted the 2017 letting program to be $2.4 billion and they anticipate the same for 2018.

As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.

To view the full February letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

February Letting Report* (PDF)


*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.