PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 13

March 25, 2019

Funding questions raise worry at Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority

The region’s public busing service faces an uncertain funding future from the state and federal governments as three sources of money are at risk.

Commercial travel bans: “trucking community very frustrated”

Travel bans mean a loss for drivers and for trucking companies working on small profit margins. Time-sensitive deliveries like milk and oil are put on hold, and sometimes those drivers are forced to secondary roadways.

PennDOT announces 2019 construction plan for District 11

PennDOT has released its 2019 construction plan for District 11, which includes Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties. Crews will work on approximately 129 projects costing an estimated $310 million. Seventy-four of them will be new, while the remainder will be projects carried over from 2018.

Harrisburg seeks to shrink PennDOT’s massive 12-lane proposal for I-83

Mayor Eric Papenfuse announced Wednesday during a news conference for the city’s Vision Zero action plan that city officials planned to hire an engineering firm to analyze PennDOT’s data and come up with possible alternative designs.

Pa. faces transportation headaches and the cures are likely to cost us more

The four chairs of the House and Senate transportation committees gathered with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania for a news conference on Wednesday to issue a call for action to address the intertwined problems confronting the state’s transportation network.

Key Pennsylvania lawmaker optimistic about turnpike lawsuit

Suburban Republican Tim Hennessy, chairman of the state House Transportation Committee, says there have been discussions about what might happen if the Commonwealth loses, but declines to discuss them publicly.

What happened to those feasibility studies for additional passenger rail in Pennsylvania?

A study on adding more service from Pittsburgh to Altoona is allegedly in process, but that extra service’s potential future funding is currently in dire straits. And another study looking at adding service from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg appears to have been shelved entirely.

PhilaPort announces addition to leadership team

PhilaPort announced that Colette Pete, Esquire, has agreed to join PhilaPort as its chief counsel effective March 18th.


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