PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 40

September 8, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Poll: 71 percent would back 10 cent gas tax hike
Seventy-one percent of U.S. residents would support a 10-cent increase in the 18.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax that is used to pay for federal transportation projects, according to a new poll released this week.

The survey, conducted by the San Jose, Calif.-based Mineta Transportation Institute, comes as lawmakers are facing an Oct. 29 deadline for renewing federal infrastructure spending that has been the subject of debate in Washington for most of the year.

PennDOT suspends major roadway construction for Pope’s visit
Pennsylvania Transportation Department officials say they will halt work on major roadway construction projects in the Philadelphia area for Pope Francis’ visit to the city in September.

Pennsylvania and Maryland Active with P3 Transportation Projects
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) expects to award bids to develop compressed natural gas (“CNG”) refueling stations throughout the state by the end of 2015 as the agency and its counterpart in Maryland increasingly employ Public-Private Partnership (“P3”) laws  to align with private partners to facilitate new transportation projects.

Legislators urge state to repair roads
Local legislators recently urged Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards to find a way to get more rural roads repaired.

They discussed roads in several counties in the region but focused on Pike County, where a distinctive geography, upkeep on a large stretch of Interstate 84, and an antiquated state funding formula have all combined to create a major construction backlog.

 

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