PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 15

April 16, 2018

Warehouse development around Lehigh Valley International Airport spurs study

The surge of proposed and approved warehouses around the Lehigh Valley International Airport has drawn outrage and opposition from nearby residents, but a call for a new study suggests PennDOT and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission are concerned as well.

DOT announces $264M in grants to modernize bus infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration recently announced that $264 million would be spent to improve the safety and reliability of the nation’s bus systems. The projects selected to receive grants include the Port Authority of Allegheny County to purchase low-floor clean diesel buses.

Westmoreland Transit looks for ways around Route 30 delays into Pittsburgh

Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials hope to have a revised plan in place by Monday’s morning rush hour to deal with service delays caused by the landslide.

4 ways Uber wants to expand its services

For years, Uber has fought with cities and resisted regulations by insisting that it was a technology company, not a transportation company. But the company’s top officials on Wednesday signaled a major shift in approach: Uber wants better relationships with cities, and it is most definitely focusing on transportation.

$670M transportation project continues in Valley

Construction of the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project continues as a fourth contract is set to be bid on this fall. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation outlined the progress being made in the construction of the new 13-mile, four-lane highway connecting Route 147 in Northumberland County near Montandon to Route 15 in Union County near Winfield and Routes 11-15 in Snyder County near Selinsgrove.

Why is the Pa. Turnpike charging some toll violators? It’s the only way, it seems, to get paid

Fourteen motorists have become the bad examples the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission hopes will help keep the rest of its 200 million customers in good standing as it increasingly moves toward cashless fare collection.

PennDOT stresses safety after three workers hit

All three PennDOT workers received medical attention, and one was flown to the hospital with serious injuries to his legs. A spokesperson for PennDOT says he remains in the hospital. Crews were back out on the roads Wednesday and as you can imagine, they’re shaken up.

Could $6B court battle over Pa. Turnpike tolls end with a compromise?

Such a deal, perhaps one that would curtail the toll increases planned for the highway over the next 26 years, might be a possible scenario, a transportation law expert said Wednesday.

2 PennDOT workers released from hospital after hit by car on I-80

Two of the PennDOT workers hit by a car on Interstate 80 have been released from the hospital while a third remains hospitalized.

Gov. Wolf calls Route 30 landslide ‘devastating’; officials seek emergency funding

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hopes to hire a contractor within the next month to stabilize the hill that slid out from under Route 30 in East Pittsburgh Saturday, damaging two apartment buildings and two houses and displacing 31 people.

Four injured, including three PennDOT workers, after Monroe County crash

A wreck on Interstate 80 Tuesday in Tunkhannock Twp. hurt four people, including three Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employees patching potholes.

Let’s pass this bill to keep our work zones safe

As we observe National Work Zone Awareness Week, it may serve us to consider how we might reduce those numbers and save lives. We need only to look at our neighboring state of Maryland to conclude that automated speed enforcement is highly effective in lessening unsafe driving.

Officials seek emergency funding for Route 30 landslide in East Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards on Tuesday said it will take a minimum of two to three months for crews to repair a section of Route 30 destroyed by a landslide early Saturday in East Pittsburgh.

Gov. Wolf to tour western Pa. hillside, roadway collapse

Gov. Tom Wolf will be touring the scene of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh following the landslide Saturday that resulted in a portion the roadway collapsing and the evacuation about about 30 residents.

Demand for $6B in toll refunds would cause fiscal catastrophe, Turnpike Commission says

Financial devastation could result if a federal judge blocks the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission from transferring $112.5 million to PennDOT by April 30, commission officials are contending.

PennDOT, Turnpike and Penn State to collaborate on training facility

According to the organizations, the facility, named PennSTART, will focus on traffic incident management, tolling and intelligent transportation technology, connected and autonomous vehicles and other highway-related issues.

Hanover Township and Lower Nazareth to vote on new contract with Colonial Regional Police

Supervisors in Hanover and Lower Nazareth townships will vote on a new contract with Colonial Regional Police this week. This comes after Bath announced last year that it was pulling out of the intermunicipal agreement with the regional police department, instead opting for state police coverage.

Dodging tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike? You could be charged with a felony

Motorists in the habit of dodging tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike could find themselves facing criminal charges. The worst offenders could face felony charges – and it’s likely many of them regularly use interchanges in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

PennDOT chief outlines temporary rules for testing of self-driving cars

Pennsylvania will ask companies to immediately stop testing self-driving cars that share technology with Uber or other companies under federal investigation.

Andrea Wittchen: Legislation would put a charge into electric vehicles

A piece of legislation before the General Assembly, the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (House Bill 1446), would broaden the ability of PPL and other electric utilities to develop charging stations for electric cars, buses and trucks.

 

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