PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 2

January 8, 2018

RabbitTransit will manage CAT by month’s end

RabbitTransit will provide management services to Capital Area Transit come the end of January, under an agreement approved today by CAT’s board. York-based RabbitTransit will provide administrative functions to CAT, which is joint operation of Dauphin and Cumberland counties, and the City of Harrisburg.

5 questions for autonomous car pioneer Chris Urmson

After leaving a leadership post at Google’s autonomous car unit, Chris Urmson and two other self-driving vehicle pioneers are back in the race with a new company that will rival their former employers.

Rail industry warned of brake-system deadline

The Trump administration has fired a warning shot to the nation’s railroads, saying it plans to hold them to a December deadline to install an automatic braking system that might have prevented last month’s fatal Amtrak accident in Washington, the Philadelphia derailment that killed eight passengers in 2015 and scores of other train wrecks.

Audit to examine impact of toll hikes on Pennsylvania Turnpike traffic, revenue

The state auditor general’s office will conduct a performance audit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in light of concerns that annual toll hikes will cause traffic to decline and generate less money for important construction projects.

Bridge replacements not as rapid as promised

The original contract with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners called for completion by August 2018. The company subsequently agreed to accelerate the work to finish in 2017, said Richard Kirkpatrick, PennDOT spokesman.

Pennsylvania’s Shuster to join GOP exodus

House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down at the end of his term, joining a fast-growing wave of GOP lawmakers heading for the exits.

Year-end report: PennDOT says it’s delivering transportation value

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards this week issued a year-end report on the department’s performance in 2017. Richards said the Wolf Administration is taking seriously its responsibility to care for the transportation assets used by Pennsylvanians every day.

 

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