PHIA News Digest – Vol. 14

March 10, 2015

PHIA_LOGOStudy finds pedestrian deaths up 40 percent in Pennsylvania
The report, comparing statistics for January through June of 2014 with the same period a year earlier, found little change in the number of fatalities nationwide. But in Pennsylvania, the number of deaths rose from 53 in the first six months of 2013 to 74 during the same period of last year.

Roads, bridges in six Northeastern Pennsylvania counties to benefit from promise of Act 89 funding
A highway network battered by Father Time and surging traffic volume left the state transportation department hamstrung in recent years by a shrinking budget and a laundry list of upgrades. Now, a funding source from nearly two years ago is starting to look like the light at the end of the tunnel.

Pennsylvania Statewide Roadside Cleanup Planned, Volunteers Needed
The cleanup is sponsored each year by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state Department of Environmental Protection and other partners. Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

Pennsylvania DEP Offering Clean Diesel Grants
Eligible applicants include school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, state agencies, nonprofit entities, corporations, and limited-liability companies or partnerships in Pennsylvania that operate diesel fleets.

Pennsylvania Governor Reverses Tax Increase on LNG
The state’s Department of Revenue says LNG is defined in Pennsylvania law as an alternative fuel that should be taxed based on its energy potential as compared to gasoline, and the department has historically taxed LNG using a cents-per-gallon basis indexed to gasoline.

Legislators look at transportation infrastructure
A three–pronged effort by Sen. Bob Casey, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and state Sen. Dominic Pileggi could lead to a safer and more efficient rail and road transit network.


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