PHIA News Digest – Vol. 46

October 19, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Pennsylvania transit system one of few to meet federal safety system deadline
The transit system next door to New Jersey is one of a few railroads that could meet a Dec. 31 deadline to have an automatic speed control system running.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials said they’ll make the deadline to have Positive Train Control running, barring any issues during testing.

Shared ride regionalization moves forward for Cumberland County
Cumberland County is one step closer to finalizing regionalization of its shared ride service.

The board of commissioners will advertise an ordinance indicating the county’s desire to join with the York Adams Transportation Authority.

Pennsylvania panel advances bill to add cameras to work zones
An effort at the Pennsylvania statehouse to improve safety in active work zones throughout the state has taken the first step toward passage.

In 2014, there were 1,841 crashes that resulted in 24 deaths in work zones throughout Pennsylvania – up from 16 deaths the previous year.

The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to advance a bill to set up a five-year pilot program for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to post speed cameras in active work zones on interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Poll: 70 percent of US residents want more road funding
Seventy percent of U.S. residents want Congress to increase the amount of money it spends on transportation projects, according to a new poll released on Tuesday by the AAA auto club.

The finding comes as lawmakers are facing an Oct. 29 deadline for renewing federal infrastructure spending.

The AAA poll showed 70 percent of U.S. residents think “the federal government should invest more than it does now for roads, bridges and mass transit systems.”

Plans for commuter rail to Northeast PA have not left the station, but desire remains
It’s been six years since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed off on plans to restore passenger rail lines to Northeastern Pennsylvania, but in many ways the train has yet to leave the station.

That didn’t stop more than 200 local developers, commuters and elected officials Tuesday from urging New Jersey, Pennsylvania and federal leaders to get the project on track.

Pennsylvania lawmakers endorse changes to truck rules
In recent action at the state capitol, Pennsylvania lawmakers are moving forward on issues that include addressing rules that affect truck drivers.

The House voted 187-6 to approve a bill to eliminate the mandatory escort of super-sized loads by the State Police. Instead, “certified pilot escorts” could be used. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and state troopers would provide oversight.


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