PHIA News Digest – Vol. 17

March 30, 2015

PDSITELOGONation’s Mayors Call for More Federal Transportation Funding
The nation’s mayors are calling on Congress to increase transportation funding in order to keep roads and bridges in good repair.

The call came Monday during a task force meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city’s record-breaking snowfall this winter — which topped 9 feet — shows the importance of maintaining transportation infrastructure in urban centers.

Seventy-Seven Propane Buses for Pennsylvania School Fleet
Student Transportation Inc., d.b.a. Student Transportation of America Inc. (STA), has been awarded a new seven-year contract with Pine-Richland School District that will see the deployment of 77 propane autogas buses beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

PennDOT Announces Work Zone Awareness Week
When in posted work zones all motorists are required to have their headlights turned on. Drivers with daytime running lights still need to turn on headlights to activate taillights.

There will be speed monitoring devices in some work zones. Motorists are reminded that there could be a loss of license for driving dangerously in a work zone. Fines are also doubled in active work zones.

New bill could kick road safety tech to the curb
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking into opening up Wi-Fi space for the public, but it could impact a technology called vehicle-to-vehicle commutation (V2V) developed to prevent up to 80 percent of car crashes, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave.

After more than a decade in development and more than a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money spent, the technology aimed at making roads safer and saving an estimated 1,083 lives every year may now be sidelined to make room for Wi-Fi.

House, Senate Agree on Action to Secure and Stabilize Transportation Funding
Today, the House and Senate agreed on a bipartisan plan that will secure critical transportation funding, and offer a long-term stabilization of the gas tax.

First, the proposal will keep the biannual gas tax adjustments in place, with changes occurring on January 1 and July 1 of each year. This year; however, the fix will be implemented on April 1; the next adjustment will be on January 1, 2016.

The gas tax will slowly decrease over time, offering both security for our infrastructure projects, and incremental relief for taxpayers

Would tax breaks encourage more people to vote ‘yes’ in the transportation plebiscite?
Both sides in the transportation plebiscite are still trying to sway voters but the ‘yes’ side hasn’t really broached the subject of tax breaks to entice lower-income families to side with it.


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