PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 14

April 2, 2019

How high will Pa. Turnpike fares go? (And other numbers you should know)

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is increasingly becoming known for high fares and higher debt loads, thanks in no small part to policy decisions made more than a decade ago to ask the toll road to help pay for other transportation systems around the state.

Obstacles fail to derail construction of thruway

The Susquehanna Valley Thruway project has been re-estimated to cost $865 million, according to PennDOT officials, who also provided an update on the northern section construction to Sun-Gazette editorial staff.

Too much to ignore — British Airways takes a chance on a resurgent Pittsburgh

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner set to launch the new service to London on Tuesday will find a Pittsburgh airport stripped of its hub, dependent largely on local traffic, and one that accommodates about half as many travelers as two decades ago. So what brought British Airways back? Pittsburgh itself.

State awards $55 million in transportation funds to 106 projects

In all, $54.7 million, which is approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will go toward 106 new infrastructure projects in 40 counties.

Geotechnical engineers at Philadelphia convention check out Hyperloop passenger pods

The chairman of a Hyperloop company already developing transportation projects overseas was the keynote speaker at a conference of geotechnical engineers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

DCNR looks to expand River Walk

Looking for state funding, local county and organizational leaders met with a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources official at Susquehanna State Park, Tuesday, to hear how new legislation could benefit the Susquehanna River Walk Extension project.

PennDOT to increase speed limit on I-99 in Centre County

PennDOT plans to increase the speed limit from 55 to 65 miles per hour between the Gray’s Woods exit at mile marker 68 to the end of the expressway at mile marker 84 in Bellefonte, near the Interstate 80 interchange.

Co-sponsor expects slow going for scooter bill in Pennsylvania House

The scooters don’t move too fast and apparently, neither will the bill that would OK their use.

These are the most dangerous states for pedestrians

As much as you might take a deep breath crossing Broad Street in Philly or Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a pedestrian paradise compared to the Sun Belt.


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