PHIA News Digest – Vol. 101

November 21, 2016

PDSITELOGO2TWU Local 234 members approve SEPTA contract

A contract that ended a weeklong transit strike earlier this month was ratified by union members Friday night, the final approval needed to put the agreement into effect. Members of the Transport Workers Union Local 234 voted 1,982-760 to accept the five-year contract.

Some Pa. Turnpike projects in Philly region could be scrapped

Six expansion projects planned by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, including some in the Philadelphia region, could be axed because of money the agency is required to divert to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The commission said that a yearly payment of $450 million made to PennDOT is hampering its ability to maintain and improve the Turnpike.

Source: Rep. Lou Barletta Is In The Hunt For Secretary Of Transportation

Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta is attempting to become the Secretary of Transportation, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller. Rep. Barletta was an early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump and is on Trump’s transition executive committee.

Conservatives vs. Trump’s infrastructure plan

One of Donald Trump’s top campaign promises — a trillion-dollar program to rebuild highways, tunnels, bridges and airports — is already meeting resistance from conservatives. The president-elect has vowed that his infrastructure proposal will create “millions” of jobs, likening it to Dwight Eisenhower’s creation of the interstate highway system.


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