PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 72

April 25, 2016

PDSITELOGO2DOT Awards $22.5 Million in Grants for Clean Buses, Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced seven project selections for the Low- and No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program, known as Low-No. The seven transit providers in five states will receive a share of $22.5 million toward transit buses and related facilities that utilize battery-electric, fuel cell and other innovative technologies to reduce harmful greenhouse-gas emissions and improve operating efficiency.

 

PennDOT forays into cutting-edge tech

This weekend’s profile of Leslie Richards, the state’s Secretary of Transportation, focused on her interest in finding ways technology can improve transportation in the state. There are things PennDOT is exploring that I thought were worth highlighting here.

We talked about ride sharing businesses like Uber and Lyft, and Richards said she was interested in finding ways to partner with them to help provide state services. PennDOT is exploring the possibility of offering a grocery delivery service for the elderly and disabled. Contracting a ride sharing business to provide that service might end up being cheaper than having it done by government directly, she said.

 

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