PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 37

September 17, 2018

Wolf administration expanding small business opportunities through new pilot

The Wolf Administration has announced that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is aiming to increase opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) through a new pilot program where SBEs can compete to work as prime consultants on federally-assisted engineering and design agreements on at least six projects.

3-year public transit plan under review in Valley

Chamber President/CEO Bob Garrett announced that PennDOT is giving the Valley three years to build up its ridership to prove there’s a need for service in the counties of Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Montour, Columbia and Lycoming. The project would be funded through 85 percent funding through PennDOT and 15 percent local match.

PennDOT says crane accident at CSVT still under investigation

Ted Deptula, assistant construction engineer for PennDOT District 3-0, at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee meeting on Friday, said the collapse on Aug. 14 didn’t delay completion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, but that particular area of construction was slightly delayed.

Bids opened to pave thruway’s northern section as high water slows bridge work

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Thursday submitted the unofficial low bid of $52.3 million to pave the northern section, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said.

$9 million improvement project to help University Park Airport meet growing demand

To help meet growing demand, the airport is embarking on a $9 million improvement project to address access and parking needs.

On eve of global climate summit, 19 U.S. cities launch electric car effort

Representatives from 19 U.S. cities and counties signed on to a new initiative Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gases created by vehicles, by pledging to incorporate electric vehicles into their municipal fleets.

With Seth Rogen in Vancouver, Philadelphia searches for its own celebrity transit voice

After hearing about Rogen’s new gig, SEPTA held a contest throughout August asking its riders who they’d like to be the “voice of SEPTA.”

Transit Advocates: Is the White House purposefully delaying project funds?

Transit advocates are becoming increasingly alarmed that the Trump administration may be intentionally slowing down the process for local agencies to get the money they need to build new projects, like light rail, streetcars and bus rapid transit.


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