PHIA News Digest – Vol. 93

September 28, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Amtrak’s slow ride to Pittsburgh: It’s faster to drive

It’s nearly 7½ hours on 350 miles of rail from Philadelphia to Pennsylvania’s big city in the west. It’s slower than an hour-and-15-minute flight or five-hour drive, and, at $47, comparable to the cost of tolls and gas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian, which connects Pittsburgh with New York City for about 230,000 passengers a year, also leaves little room for flexibility.

We’re No. 39: Ranking of state highways finds Pa. improving

Pennsylvania ranks 39th in the nation in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness, according to an annual report published Thursday by a California think tank.

The Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation points out that Pennsylvania’s overall ranking is an improvement over last year’s report, when the state was ranked at No. 41.


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