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Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution

Faced with the expiration of a $400 million subsidy from the Turnpike for public transportation, the Wolf administration is beginning to set the stage for replacing that revenue. PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, at the Associated… [read more]

Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution Wolf administration begins search for public transit solution

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

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 49

December 17, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

Dennis Martire: Transportation infrastructure glue for blue coalition

For the Democratic Party, the road to the 2018 elections began the day after the presidential ballots were counted two years ago.

Central PA to host automated vehicle testing

Several central Pennsylvania counties are cleared to host automated vehicle testing. PennDOT has given the green light for this testing and laid out rules to keep people safe on the road.

Penn State Altoona receives gift to advance rail transportation engineering

Charles N. “Charlie” Marshall, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, has made a transformational gift to support the Rail Transportation Engineering degree program at Penn State Altoona.

Uber hopes to restore self-driving operations in a matter of weeks as it races toward a possible IPO

For a majority of the year, Uber’s self-driving Volvo SUVs have been either absent from city streets or operating with the help of human safety drivers in the wake of a fatal accident involving one of the vehicles.

Wolf administration announces investments to improve 26 airports

Twenty-six airports will make infrastructure and equipment upgrades to maintain safety and expand aviation-related operational and economic opportunities with the assistance of over $6 million in state investments, Gov. Tom Wolf announced.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 48

December 10, 2018 -- Leave a Comment

I-83 study calls for $280 million to widen interstate, more

A comprehensive study of Interstate 83 dubbed the “I-83 Master Plan” is recommending widening the roadway to six lanes, creating new interchanges and more in anticipation of predicted progressively worse congestion.

Bus operators warn plan will cost state millions and lead to fare hikes

A move to merge management of the state’s busing services for Medicaid clients will cost the state millions and likely lead to increased fares and poorer service for riders, an analysis by the trade group representing Pennsylvania’s county transit agencies maintains.

Doing some holiday driving in Pennsylvania? This column won’t brighten your spirits.

The kicker here is that our infrastructure would be much better if our lawmakers were any better at budgeting and following the law rather than maintaining a track record of raiding funds dedicated for road and bridges.

Port of Philadelphia plans to open new training center in the new year

The Port of Philadelphia plans to open a Regional Maritime Training Center in Southwest Philadelphia early in the new year. This is a first-of-its kind initiative, as there’s never been formal training for the tractor trailer drivers, forklift and crane operators at the port.

Driverless trucks to make work zones safer

Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation that allows the use of automated work zone vehicles by PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 47

December 3, 2018 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 47

Public-Private Partnership Board approves innovative bridge plan

The Pennsylvania Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board recently approved a bridge bundling Adjusted Bid, Design-Build proposal to reconstruct 15 bridges along two interstates in Luzerne County.

PennDOT announces progress on bridge project

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said Saturday that the state’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is near completion, as most of the 558 poor-condition bridges listed for the public-private partnership have been completed.

Wolf sees bipartisan support for addressing Pennsylvania Turnpike toll hikes

“I think there’s bipartisan support for actually taking a look at that, because I think we all recognize that’s unsustainable,” Wolf said.

Police to disband in town where teen was killed as he fled

The town where an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by an officer is disbanding its police department, and Pennsylvania State Police will provide police services there starting this weekend.

Which PA counties see the most deadly vehicle crashes?

Here’s a look at the crash statistics for each county in 2017, based on data provided by PennDOT.

 

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PennDOT’s November Lettings Top $150 Million

November 30, 2018 -- Comments Off on PennDOT’s November Lettings Top $150 Million

PennDOT continued its 2018 construction letting season by issuing over $150.4 million in projects during the month of November, bringing the year-to-date total to just over $2.3 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 November’s letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

November 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. 46

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With new law on books, PA aims to be a vanguard of autonomous vehicle technology

Not content to bask in the glow of their legislative victory last month, supporters of self-driving vehicle technologies in Pennsylvania are already moving forward on their plans to make the state a hotbed for the still-embryonic industry.

What’s driving the increase in truck traffic?

According to PennDOT, northeastern Pennsylvania has more miles of interstate than any other region in the state, and those interstates can take trucks to a third of the U.S. population in a day’s drive.

Route 219 officially opens for public use

After 16 years of planning and construction, a new section of Route 219 in Somerset County has opened for the public to use. The 11-mile stretch is four lanes, providing a safer and more efficient route for drivers between Somerset and Meyersdale. The route will also be connected to Route 68 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the future allowing economic growth to the Somerset and Meyersdale communities.