PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 3

January 16, 2017

PDSITELOGO2Our view: Onerous gas tax delivers needed repairs

It is easy, but too simple, to grouse about gas prices in this state. Roads and bridges make modern life and commerce possible. It simply won’t do to have them cratered and crumbling. Just a mile of two-lane undivided road in a rural area can cost $2 million to $3 million to build, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. If the state were not taking money out at the pump to fund roads and bridges, it would have to find the money somewhere else.

Wondering how to navigate a roundabout? PennDOT’s video shows how.

Because Pennsylvania is on track to install more roundabouts in the coming years, PennDOT created this video to show you just how easy they are to navigate. After you watch the video, you’ll know how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot. Keys to navigating a roundabout are to slow down and yield.

Lackawanna, Luzerne resume effort to merge public transportation

Vision is needed to see beyond the innumerable obstacles to good governance that are raised by Pennsylvania’s archaic system of fragmented, parochial local government. Duplication of local services and bureaucracies due to boundary lines on maps, rather than actual need and capabilities on the ground, wastes hundreds of millions of public dollars every year. It’s encouraging, then, that Lackawanna and Luzerne counties have resumed an effort to merge their public transit systems after abandoning the initiative in 2015.

Centre County considers $5 vehicle registration surcharge

On Tuesday, the Centre County commissioners provided an update to the $5 motor-vehicle registration fee increase ordinance proposed by the board last week. In 2013, the Act 89 transportation bill signed by then-Gov. Tom Corbett allowed counties to raise the vehicle registration fee by $5, but the county declined to take the necessary steps to do so until this year.

Gov. Wolf announces 51 projects to improve transportation alternatives

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced 51 projects to improve transportation alternatives are in line for $33 million in federal funds. The complete list is available at the link above.

Uber lost $2.2 billion in Pittsburgh self-driving rollout, report finds

Ride-sharing giant Uber lost $2.2 billion in the first 9 months of 2016 as it prepared to launch an ambitious, costly and at times controversial fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh in September, a new report finds.

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