PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 2

January 7, 2019

Hennessey named chairman of transportation committee

As the 2019-20 session of the House of Representatives begins, Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester/Montgomery) Monday was officially appointed majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

SEPTA facing $63 million capital budget shortfall over motorists’ lawsuit

SEPTA is bracing for a possible $63 million shortfall in its capital budget in 2019, pending the outcome of a contentious lawsuit filed in federal court by two motorists’ groups.

Special report: How autonomous vehicles could constrain city budgets

Governing surveyed the 25 largest U.S cities for revenues that could potentially be hindered by the proliferation of autonomous vehicles.

PennDOT says heavier rain is behind the crumbling of some roads in Westmoreland County

PennDOT’s District 12, which spans Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette and Greene Counties, is monitoring the condition and impact of 250 landslides in its jurisdiction. The effects of ground being saturated with water from rain and snow over the past year are having an impact on the crumbling and collapsing conditions of some roads, including two that made news in the past week.

Road Warrior: Why a decade old law is making Turnpike tolls go up every year

For most of its lifespan, the turnpike was funded by its own tolls under a “you use it, you pay for it” model. But in 2007, the state faced a mounting wave of costly infrastructure needs. Rather than raise taxes, state legislators decided the turnpike would fund it.


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