Automated Work Zone Enforcement Advances in the Senate
Senate Bill 840, sponsored by Senator David Argall (R-Berks), which creates a pilot program for automated camera enforcement in work zones, passed unanimously out of Senate Appropriations Committee last night. Before passage,… [read more]
‘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]
Local Governments to Receive $445 Million for Road Maintenance
Under Act 89, the comprehensive multi-modal transportation funding bill, Pennsylvania municipalities receive a sum of money annually to maintain local roads and bridges. This year, PennDOT will release more than $445 million… [read more]
PennDOT, State Police & PHIA Observe State Highway Safety Law Awareness Week
This week is Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Law Awareness Week, and PHIA joins PennDOT and State Police in encouraging motorists to pay special attention to the laws of the road. State Police and PennDOT highlighted the following… [read more]
PHIA president Van Buren supports State Police funding study
HARRISBURG (Feb. 8, 2016) – The president of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association today urged a legislative committee to request a study to determine the appropriate level of support for State Police operations with… [read more]
NEWS & UPDATES
About 70 transportation supporters attended the first in a series of regional events promoting Act 89 this week in Lancaster.
The attendees heard a panel discussion featuring PennDOT Deputy Secretary Jim Ritzman, Lancaster Chamber CEO Tom Baldrige, High Steel’s Steve Bussanmas, Good Transport Services President Danny Good, Jeff Glisson of South Central Transit Authority and Bob Bini of the Lancaster County Planning Commission.
The event was a collaboration between PHIA and the Chamber and was sponsored by Sable Commercial Realty. PHIA is in the process of organizing additional events later this summer and into the fall, in keeping with its mission to educate the public about transportation issues.
“We were thrilled with the turnout,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner, who was moderator for the discussion. “The panelists did a terrific job in articulating the benefits of the transportation funding measure, while also expressing concern about the continuing revenue diversions from the Motor License Fund to support State Police operations.”
Look for information about future regional events as details become available.
Read the news coverage of the event by clicking, HERE.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is boosting tolls by 6 percent starting January 8, 2017. Tolls have increased every year since 2009 as the commission seeks revenue to pay for a long-term project to reconstruct the Turnpike and handle its debt service.
“The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.16 to $1.23 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.80 to $1.95 for cash customers,” the commission stated in a press release Tuesday.
Philadelphia city officials are now trying get speed cameras installed along Roosevelt Boulevard. The road has long been considered one of the deadliest stretches in Philadelphia.
“This will provide needed enforcement and take away the need for our policemen to be worried about enforcing these laws with manpower,” said Representative John Taylor who proposed House Bill 2233.
More red-light cameras could soon be headed to Pennsylvania roadways. A bill on the governor’s desk would expand and extend the state’s red-light camera program.
House lawmakers voted 146-43 on Monday, July 11, to advance a bill to Gov. Tom Wolf that covers traffic signals and the use of automated enforcement in the state. The Senate already approved the bill by a 45-5 vote.
Eighteen months into two-year experimental licenses granted to Uber and Lyft to operate their ride-sharing services in Pennsylvania, the companies’ presence in Philadelphia continues to be a point of contention as regulators and legislators attempt to bridge the gap between city and state laws.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Commends Local Officials for Embracing Transit-Service Efficiencies
With its recent vote to consolidate its shared ride public transportation service into the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (CPTA), Perry County became the latest county to pursue efficiencies while preserving service, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards said.
CPTA will begin administering the service on October 1, a move that is expected to contain costs and sustain service into the future.
Provision added to begin phase down and cap of highway funds to the State Police
Last week, the General Assembly finally adopted the supplemental revenue and tax bills to finalize the state budget process for the 2016-17 fiscal year. In those bills, a provision was added that will slowly phase down the amount of money going from the Motor License Fund (MLF) to the Pennsylvania State Police for its operations.
Senate leadership Inserted into the fiscal code language that would cap the amount of money diverted in this fiscal year for state police operations at $802 million. The funding will then decrease-starting in 2017-18’s budget-at an annual rate of 4% over the next 10 years until it reaches a cap of $500 million.
For the first time, we have statutory language to cap and begin phasing down the amount of money going from the highway construction and maintenance program to the State Police. The General Assembly will be obligated to find any future increases in State Police funding from the General Fund or other revenue streams.
PHIA members in the Lancaster area are cordially invited to a Transportation Funding Issue Briefing, sponsored by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry July 25 at 10 a.m. at Lancaster Airport.
Finding solutions and opportunities for Lancaster County’s transportation and infrastructure needs continues to be critical to both local business and economic success. PennDOT Deputy Secretary Jim Ritzman will join regional transportation experts in a panel discussion of what’s been done and what’s on the horizon relating to Act 89, as well as transportation policy for the future. The discussion will be moderated by PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. Other sponsors are Sable Commercial Realty and Southern Airways Express.
Don’t miss your chance to learn how Lancaster County will benefit from the $2.3 to $2.4 billion funding being allocated over five years. Register today!