PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 12

March 19, 2019

Philadelphia lawmaker’s bill authorizes speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Councilwoman Cherelle Parker introduced a bill Thursday that would authorize the installation of speed cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard. The cameras would be placed between 9th Street and the Philadelphia County line.

‘Hyperloop’ study: Could packages zip across Pennsylvania in minutes? Maybe

Packages hurtling from one end of the state to the other in under a half hour? Pennsylvania transportation officials think it’s less futuristic than it sounds, and they have committed $2 million to study the cost and impact of building a “hyperloop” across the state.

PennDOT announces liquid fuels distribution to municipalities

The March 1 distribution marked a $11.7 million, or 2.4 percent, increase over the $489 million distributed in 2018. Act 89 of 2013 made more funding available for locally owned roadways. Before the law, municipalities received $320.8 million in liquid fuels payments.

Regional rail service returning to Coatesville

SEPTA said last week that regional rail service will be returning to Coatesville. The proposed new rail line would extend from the current terminal in Thorndale to a new station in Coatesville.

Why Pennsylvania transportation funding could be in deep trouble

In a doomsday scenario, Pennsylvania could lose $18.5 billion in transportation funding over the next 12 years. That’s according to a state Department of Transportation advisory committee, which recently released a report on risks facing the commonwealth’s highway, bridge, and transit financials from the present until 2030.

York County company testing automated flagging for work zones

D.E. Gemmill Inc is now using automated flagging devices connected through a tablet with real-time video, providing an alternative to placing flaggers in harm’s way. According to company president David Gemmill, the new system will remove flaggers from the traffic flow, creating a safer work environment.


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