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Oregon congressman calls for national miles-traveled pilot

February 26, 2010

Oregon’s Vehicle Miles Traveled test should be expanded nationally and included in the next federal highway bill, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said.  VMT is thought by many to be an improvement over gasoline taxes for funding transportation projects.  For the full story, click here.

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Jobs bill provides needed funds but delays reauthorization until 2011

February 23, 2010

The U.S. Senate voted 62-30 Monday night to move forward with the first in a series of job-creation bills that, among other things, would stabilize the federal highway and transit programs through the end of the year.  Read more

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PHIA embraces social media to begin its second 50 years

February 18, 2010

The Pennsylvania Highway Information Association was established 50 years ago to fulfill the vision of the late W. Guy Gunn as a mechanism for easing Pennsylvania’s transition to a state with a modern highway infrastructure. Read more

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Remembering W. Guy Gunn, ‘Father of PHIA’

February 4, 2010

PHIA sadly notes the passing on Saturday of W. Guy Gunn, a longtime highway industry advocate who was instrumental in the founding of this organization 50 years ago.

A Texas native and youngest of nine children, he was an Army veteran who became aneducator and weekly newspaper publisher before setting out for Washington in 1955 to work for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association as president of the Contractors Division. In 1959, he accepted the position of executive vice president of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors.

Guy’s legacy in the highway construction industry is truly remarkable. In 1959, he knew that the industry needed to place greater emphasis on communicating the benefits of building the Interstate Highway System. He understood how improving the transportation system would transform Pennsylvania, and he had a vision of how communication and education could help achieve a smooth transition.

In 1960, that vision became a reality when Guy brought together leaders in the construction and engineering sectors to charter PHIA. Under his leadership, industry stalwarts such as Max Hempt, Donald Stabler, John Dietz, Michael Baker, L.E. Jordan, Robert Cleveland, Daniel Parish, and the PA Automotive Association’s Edwin Parkinson (PHIA’s first president) began PHIA. Guy was instrumental in creating an “image” for PHIA, which for years was the ubiquitous “Frankie PHIA.”

Guy “retired” in 1980 and moved to Cibolo, Texas, but continued working part-time as consultant and field director for ARTBA until 1993.

Guy and Emily, his wife of 54 years, loved to travel and play golf. Survivors also include two sons, four grandchildren; five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Services are private, and donations can be made to Boysville, 8555 E. Loop 1604 North, Converse, Texas 78109, in lieu of flowers.

PHIA fondly remembers its “father,” W. Guy Gunn, for his outstanding contributions to the industry.

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Motor License Fund revenues up slightly in January

February 4, 2010

After seeing Motor License Fund (MLF)* revenues rise and drop over the past six months, the state Department of Revenue reported a small increase in January, representing the second straight month of slight gains. Read more