PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 27

July 5, 2017

PDSITELOGO2PA’s rural roads among the nation’s deadliest and least maintained

Pennsylvania’s rural roadways and bridges are among the most deadly and least maintained in the country, a study released Tuesday shows.

While maintaining aging roadways, bridges and related infrastructure is a challenge across the country, maintenance and safety are a particular problem in rural areas, according to TRIP, a national nonprofit organization that reviews land-based transportation data.

Pay your tolls or face vehicle registration suspension

Do you have outstanding toll violations in Pennsylvania? Better pay up now, or risk your vehicle registration being suspended. Warning notices have been inserted with motor vehicle registration renewals about the new state law that takes effect on Aug. 4.

SEPTA fare increases begin

Electronic card or token single ride fares will increase from $1.80 to $2; cash fares will increase from $2.25 a ride to $2.50; and weekly TransPass fares will increase from $24 to $25.50. SEPTA says the hike will help fund everyday expenses like labor, fuel and power.

Transportation wish list includes more buses, new connector

To improve Southwestern Pennsylvania’s competitiveness and quality of life for 2.5 million residents, public transportation must be improved, particularly along busy corridors connecting Pittsburgh with adjacent counties.

First PennDOT review of Port Authority operations finds few problems

The first state-mandated review of the Port Authority since passage of a 2007 law has reached the same conclusion as the agency’s internal reviews: The authority has a few areas to address but is mostly on solid financial footing.

Last leg of Mon-Fayette Expressway OK’d

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission will include the last leg of the Mon-Fayette Expressway project in its long-range plan. The regional body voted 47-4 to include the controversial 14-mile extension in the plan, with three representatives from Pittsburgh-area groups and one from Butler County voting against it.


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