PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 37

September 25, 2017

Route 219 extension set to open summer 2018

Construction crews are paving the way for drivers in Somerset County. The 11-mile Route 219 extension will connect Somerset to Meyersdale. The four-lane highway features six new bridges.

PA state budget woes may affect Pittsburgh’s bus system

The latest attempt to fund the state, which was passed by the PA House of Representatives, has the Port Authority warning of drastic consequences which would affect Pittsburgh residents and Duquesne students. The PA Senate voted on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to send the bill back to the House.

Pa. budget impasse leads to credit downgrade

When it returned to the Capitol last week, the House instead passed a no-new-tax plan that involved transferring money out of special state funds that pay for transportation and environmental projects, among other things.

Pennsylvania’s destructive budget machinations

Oh, what a tangled and fiscally risky web is woven when tax dollars meant to be spent on one thing are diverted to other things, scholars at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy say.

House committee chair says U.S. must explore all options to improve infrastructure

As the conversation around U.S. infrastructure increasingly turns to the dire need for new and innovative methods, leaders from across the nation gathered Monday at Texas A&M to discuss creating more efficient and cost-effective solutions.

Here’s how PennDOT is getting ready for a driver-less future

We’re in the midst of an explosion of activity related to the development of autonomous vehicle technology. What was once a figment of science fiction, self-driving cars – officially known as highly automated vehicles (HAV’s) – are ready to make their mark in a big way, particularly here in Pennsylvania.


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