PHIA News Digest – Vol. 43

September 28, 2015

PDSITELOGO2CEO Council for Growth calls for long-term highway infrastructure funding
Greater Philadelphia’s total number of roadway miles in dire need of repair increased by 8 percent between 2005 and 2012, the CEO Council for Growth, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, recently said.

With more than 1,000 miles of national highways plus more than 350 interstate route miles, the Pennsylvania-Delaware-New Jersey region’s infrastructure requires quick authorization of the nation’s highway and transit programs prior to the current Oct. 29 expiration date, the council said.

PUC rejects Uber petition related to limo service in Pa.
Judging from documents filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, San Francisco-based ride sharing company Uber wants to launch its UberBlack app-based black car service statewide. But a petition to waive existing regulations governing limousine service already has been rejected by the PUC, which said the company needs to submit a formal application.

Bills would legalize Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania
A Republican state Senator is trying to nudge along legislation to legalize services like Uber and Lyft, and Senator Camera Bartolotta’s bill is similar to one proposed by a Democrat.

Bartolotta’s measure requires drivers prove through a background check that they have no burglary, robbery or sexual crimes in their past, and get insurance coverage.

Pennsylvania Turnpike turns 75 on Thursday
At one minute past midnight on Oct. 1, 1940, drivers who had been lining up since 6 p.m. to be among the first on the Pennsylvania Turnpike started their engines.

Turnpike commissioners expected about 12,000 people to drive the first 160 miles of the turnpike over its first weekend. As many as 10,000 people a day showed up instead and sent home “Greetings from Pennsylvania Turnpike” postcards with images of the road’s tunnels, service plazas and toll booths.


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