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Electric vehicle bill may be on tap

  Members of the General Assembly will return from summer recess in the coming weeks. PHIA is hopeful that the House will quickly take up an electric vehicle bill, House Bill 1392, sponsored by Democratic House Transportation… [read more]

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Registration Now Open for 2019 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference

Registration is now open for the 2019 PHIA Transportation Conference and Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Hilton Harrisburg.  Click HERE for more information and to register!    … [read more]

Registration Now Open for 2019 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference Registration Now Open for 2019 PHIA Annual Transportation Conference

Fuel-tax drop reflects need for funding solutions

John Finnerty, who covers the Statehouse for newspapers in Johnstown, Meadville, New Castle, Sharon and Sunbury, dug up an interesting story recently noting that Motor License Fund revenue fell $58 million short of projections… [read more]

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Using highway money for its intended purpose

The Pennsylvania auditor general created quite a stir recently when he unveiled an audit that said the Commonwealth had diverted more than $4.2 billion from the Motor License Fund (MLF) in the last six years to support State Police… [read more]

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Southeast Partnership offers menu of funding solutions for impending ‘cliff’

The Southeast Partnership for Mobility, which consists of SEPTA, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and PennDOT, joined a growing number of entities this week in sounding an alarm over a rapidly approaching transportation funding… [read more]

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 37

September 18, 2019 -- Leave a Comment

PennDOT: Pa. roundabouts reducing fatalities, injuries

Fatalities, injuries and crashes decreased overall at 19 roundabouts at 16 locations after they were built, according to new data released by PennDOT.

PennDOT accepting applications for Multimodal grants

Eligible applicants include municipalities, council of governments, business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, and ports and rail entities. Projects that will be considered should coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 36

September 9, 2019 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 36

Pa. Turnpike installing fiber optic system, to lease extra capacity

The turnpike is moving on its own to install a fiber-optic communication system in the eastern part of the state to meet its internal needs. But the turnpike hasn’t given up on the idea of generating revenue from the system and is designing it with extra space that it will solicit private operators to lease.

The Road Warrior’s first pretend vehicle miles traveled bill arrived. It had a small surprise.

As faithful readers may recall, I volunteered to participate in a study examining a mileage-based user fee. Several states have talked about moving away from a gas tax to this model, which bills drivers for how many miles they travel instead of how much gas they consume.

Rejoice! PennDOT officially raises Route 222 speed limit

The bypass opened in April 2004, and drivers have been grumbling about the speed limit pretty much since then. With its wide lanes, clear sight lines and a shoulder, drivers argued that the 45 mph speed limit was too low.

Paying Pa. Turnpike tolls? There will be an app for that soon

Drivers could soon pay Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls using a smartphone app. The launch of the app is expected later this year

Concrete poured for Central Susquehanna River Thruway bridge’s first deck

The first deck concrete was poured Wednesday, said Ted Deptula, an assistant construction engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 35

September 3, 2019 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 35

Law enforcement should have privacy standards for automated license plate reader systems

One of our most cherished and important liberties as American citizens is our right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizure by the government, which is outlined in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

PennDOT enhances 511PA for Labor Day, Penn State football travel planning

PennDOT is encouraging motorists to visit the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at www.511PA.com to plan optimal travel times on major roadways across the state this Labor Day weekend. New this year, 511PA will also include travel information for every Penn State home football game, beginning with this Saturday’s game against the Idaho Vandals.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 34

August 26, 2019 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 34

6 transportation goals Congress should be thinking about

Too often, the debate over transportation funding in Congress revolves around dollars and cents. But many advocates say we should agree on big goals first, so we know what we’re getting for the money we spend.

Report ranks Pa. 35th in highway performance and cost-effectiveness

Pennsylvania’s highway system ranks 35th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. This is a six-spot increase from the previous report, where Pennsylvania ranked 41st overall.

Rep. Fred Keller visits PA-12 transportation facilities

In an effort to better understand where state infrastructure can be improved and how local communities are working to make improvements, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, spent Tuesday afternoon touring Centre County transportation facilities.

SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel to retire, PennDOT secretary eyed as replacement

Multiple high-level sources inside the agency said that PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards is being seriously considered as the next GM. Busch said the SEPTA board has not selected a final candidate, much less met to vote on a replacement.

 

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Report shows Pa. highways are improving

August 23, 2019 -- Comments Off on Report shows Pa. highways are improving

The Reason Foundation, a self-described libertarian public policy think tank, is seldom kind to Pennsylvania in assessing the quality and performance of our transportation system. The foundation’s methodology makes for imperfect comparisons with other states, so we tend to view its reports with some skepticism.

Nevertheless, whether one agrees that Pennsylvania’s highways deserve to be ranked 35th in performance and cost effectiveness, the foundation’s latest report acknowledges that there has been improvement since its previous report, in which our ranking was 41st.

We can postulate that there would have been virtually no chance for improvement without the passage of Act 89 of 2013, which boosted fuel taxes and license and registration revenue by $2.3 billion annually. To view the foundation’s latest report, which was released this week, click here.