PHIA News Digest – Vol. 21

April 27, 2015

PDSITELOGOCongress could undermine Pennsylvania gains on road spending
Pennsylvania motorists pay a higher gas tax rate than drivers in any other state. But the full boost in new construction part of the money goes toward may not take place this summer if the federal government doesn’t pass its updated highway bill by the end of May.

The federal government pours about $1.5 billion into Pennsylvania transportation spending. That’s about half what the state spends on transportation, and without the federal money, PennDOT would have to “reprioritize” the roadwork planned for the coming construction season, a spokesman said.

Wolf’s picks to lead education and transportation departments clear first hurdle
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s picks to lead the state education and transportation departments sailed through the first leg of the Senate confirmation process Tuesday.

Natural Gas Provides Truck Fleets with Clean Fuel Alternatives in Pennsylvania
Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics were among the companies that celebrated Earth Day 2015 and sustainability advancements being made in the transportation sector. The setting in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was the grand opening of a Trillium CNG fueling station, with Wegmans Food Markets; NFI, a supply chain solutions provider; and Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA), clean transportation and energy consultants.

Horsham cites transportation as key to economic growth
When a business owner or CEO shows an interest in bringing his company to Horsham, the first thing he talks to Bill Walker about is transportation.

“They want to know what transportation projects are planned,” said Walker, manager of the township. “It’s always ‘Don’t tell us what you like or what you think is good,’ they want specifics. What projects have funding?

“Transportation is still very important to these companies.”

More improvements of major highways on the way
With a growing population and increased truck-freight traffic through the Greater Lehigh Valley, the region is at a transportation crossroads.

Traffic congestion in areas such as Route 222 through Berks County and along Route 22 through Lehigh and Northampton counties is getting worse.

As the population continues to grow, economic development, planning and transportation officials are looking closely at what needs to be done – and how much money needs to be spent – to keep us all moving.


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