PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3

December 8, 2014

November lettings push yearly total to $2.4 billion
Act 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels compared to last year. In November, PennDOT put out over $60 million in projects.  This now brings the year-to-date total to $2.46 billion.

What Midterm Election Results Mean for Transportation
Several victorious governors promised to find more money for transportation, while the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate may slow progress on a federal surface transportation bill.

Increase in Bike Deaths Prompts Concerns
Most of the fatalities in the past three years happened in a handful of states and were adult men, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Rabbit Transit rolls out Find My Ride PA in York
A new program is rolling out in York County aimed at increasing access and awareness of transportation options for veterans, members of the military and their families.

The hardest to build train routes in the United States
China is pondering an 8,000-mile rail route that will extend all the way into the United States. This would require a 125-mile undersea tunnel, among other feats of engineering. It’s an impressive, if not impossible-sounding, project. But back in the 1800s and 1900s, lots of U.S. rail routes looked impossible, too.

Keystone College receives PennDOT grant for trail system upgrades
Keystone College has been awarded a $755,905 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to partner with the Countryside Conservancy on the joint development of a 1.5 mile segment of hiking trail known as the Trolley Trail.


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