PHIA News Digest – Vol. 83

July 11, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Fatal Tesla Crash Draws In Transportation Safety Board

A second federal agency is investigating a fatal May 7 crash in Florida involving a Tesla automobile operating in Autopilot mode that failed to stop when a tractor-trailer turned in front of it. The National Transportation Safety Board, which more typically looks into accidents involving trains, planes, buses and ships, confirmed on Sunday that it had sent a team to investigate the crash, which killed Joshua Brown, an entrepreneur from Ohio.

Uber gets OK to operate in Philadelphia during convention

Uber has struck a deal with Philadelphia to operate legally in the city during the Democratic National Convention and through the summer. The agreement announced Thursday with Uber was prompted by a major disruption in regional rail service. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority took a third of its regional rail car fleet out of service this weekend because of structural defects.

Survey shows public transit is biggest regional transportation concern

A public-private partnership is expected to have recommendations for transportation improvements in the 10-county area by the end of the year, but a crowd-sourcing survey shows a strong interest in one particular area: more public transit. The Regional Transportation Alliance asked 800 groups what transportation changes would make the biggest difference for their clients or members.

Regional police force embroiled in spending debate and facing an uncertain future

Residents and officials from two southern Lancaster County townships met in a sweltering fire hall Thursday to discuss the future of their shared police force — one at the center of a growing local debate over the cost of public safety, fiscal priorities and how much police coverage in a community is enough. Before a large crowd of residents inside Conestoga’s fire hall, supervisors from both Pequea and Conestoga townships said financial realities require some changes to the 12-year-old agreement that laid the groundwork for their joint Southern Regional Police Department (SRPD).



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