PHIA News Digest – Vol. 15

March 16, 2015

PDSITELOGOU.S. Transportation Department Proposes Initiatives to Give Local Workers a Boost in Federal Investments
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a proposal for a new pilot program that will explore new ways to make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents for transportation projects. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Birmingham Mayor William Bell joined the Secretary for the announcement.

We Need to Start Thinking About Transportation Like We Do Food or Housing
If you’re struggling in the United States, some programs can help. You can sign up for cards to help you pay for groceries, vouchers to help you with rent, and tax credits or Medicare for health insurance. Mostly, however, you can’t get help paying for your car, gas, bus fare, or train fare.

Record 10.8 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2014
Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 58 years, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Avoidable Mistakes that Advocacy Leaders Make
In 2009, we decided to take a different approach to our transportation funding advocacy.  In 2013, that approach paid off in the form of a comprehensive funding package that increases transportation funding by more than $2 billion per year and for years to come.

Reps. Farenthold, Shuster talk transportation
Funding the American transportation system is a $640-billion question that Congress will try to grapple this year and one solution is giving state’s more power, the House Transportation Committee chairman said Wednesday in a visit to Corpus Christi.

State Leaders Call Out Federal Politicians to Fund Infrastructure Safety
Pennsylvania’s crumbling bridges are affecting public safety according to state leaders. Since the NBC10 Investigators exposed the problem, state politicians — including a former governor — have called out their federal counterparts to fund a fix.

Major transportation upgrades yet to come
An estimated $111 million will be spent on Act 89 projects in District 4-0 from January 2014 through this June, said Mr. May.

Statewide, Act 89 revenue generated $1.1 billion in additional spending on state and local roads and bridges, public transportation, Turnpike extension projects and dirt and gravel roads last year. The spending is expected to climb to $2.3 billion annually by 2019, according to PennDOT.


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