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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]

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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

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]

Proposed budget reduces amount diverted from transportation Proposed budget reduces amount diverted from transportation

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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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 41

October 15, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

First criminal charges over delinquent Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls filed in Allegheny County

The first criminal charges have been filed in Allegheny County by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission since announcing their efforts to collect delinquent tolls. The commission has been working with district attorneys across the commonwealth for over a year, going after those who owe the most first.

State to invest $2.7M in Erie Western PA Port Authority

The state plans to invest $2.7 million in the Erie Western PA Port Authority as a way to spur economic development through the Port of Erie, Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced.

Lyft and Uber help patients make It to medical appointments

On-demand, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are playing a growing role in nonemergency medical transportation. Health care providers, insurers and others are working with these services to make better use of their resources and reduce transportation frustration for patients.

Self-driving car startup Aurora becomes Pennsylvania’s first ‘authorized’ tester

Aurora, the buzzy self-driving car startup, has become the first company officially authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test its vehicles on public roads.

Here’s how Philly hopes to improve transportation in the next seven years

Philadelphia released a transportation plan Wednesday that outlines the city’s goals for street safety and transportation for the next seven years.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 40

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Wolf announces funding for 42 multimodal projects

Governor Tom Wolf announced that 42 highway, bridge, transit, ports and waterways, and bike and pedestrian projects will be in line for $49 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Work zone cameras are coming to Pa. to enforce lower speed limits

The Senate on Tuesday voted 47-1 to pass a bill that permits automated speed enforcement cameras in work zones on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, interstates, and other “federal aid” highways in a five-year pilot project.

PennDOT puts out call for public-private partnership proposals

PennDOT put out a call this week for unsolicited proposals for public-private partnerships, or P3s, for transportation and infrastructure projects.

PennDOT announces $65 million Route 61 reconstruction project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Tuesday a major reconstruction project of state Route 61 that will include road improvements between Frackville and Saint Clair.

Editorial | We must keep the passenger rail expansion concept rolling

The crucial mission of expanding passenger rail service across western Pennsylvania requires vision and collaboration at all levels of government and economic development – with the Johnstown area at the heart of this regional issue.

 

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Rafferty named PHIA Advocate of the Year

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Last week, PHIA presented the Honorable John C. Rafferty (R-Montgomery) with the Transportation Advocate of the Year Award.  Rafferty received the award during PHIA’s annual meeting which was held last week.

The longtime Senate Transportation Committee chair has been a strong and consistent advocate for many transportation issues, not the least of which was his role in introducing and pushing for passage of Act 89 of 2013, the measure that has increased Pennsylvania’s transportation funding by $2.3 billion per year.

The award, PHIA’s highest honor, was created in 1982. The bar for receiving it is high, however, as it has been awarded just 25 times in 36 years. Senator Rafferty joins an impressive list of advocates, which can be viewed here.

“It is an honor to present Senator Rafferty with this award today,” said PHIA president Jamie Van Buren during the meeting. “The Chairman has been a tireless and tenacious advocate for the transportation industry and has never wavered when it comes to understanding that a vibrant economy cannot occur without a well funded and modern transportation system.”

 

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PennDOT’s September Lettings Total $334 Million

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PennDOT continued its 2018 construction letting season by issuing over $334 million in projects during the month of September, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $1.8 billion according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  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 September letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

September 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.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 39

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AAA: New Jersey gas tax hike spells bigger business at Delaware, Pennsylvania pumps

A gas tax increase instituted in New Jersey in 2016 translated to a noticeable change in gas-buying habits for neighboring states, according to data released Thursday by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

PennDOT data shows roundabouts improving safety, reducing crashes

PennDOT announced Thursday that according to department data, crashes, injuries, and fatalities decreased at 11 roundabouts after they were installed.

PennDOT to study passenger rail between Altoona, Pittsburgh

PennDOT will examine the feasibility of providing passenger-rail service between Altoona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced.

Pennsylvania gets another extension on REAL ID program

Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver’s licenses and photo ID cards to meet anti-terrorism standards. Read more