PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 15

April 11, 2019

Judge rejects lawsuit over Pennsylvania turnpike toll hikes

A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit over Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases that are financing payments to help fund transit agencies.

OOIDA to appeal dismissal of suit challenging legality of PA Turnpike tolls

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will appeal a ruling issued Thursday in a class-action lawsuit regarding tolls on users of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Campaign urges safety in highway work zones

Three organizations came together Tuesday to push for work zone safety as part of National Work Zone Awareness week.

PennDOT accepting unsolicited public-private partnership proposals until April 30

The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) announced today that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through April 30.

Revised thruway route gets environmental approval

The revised southern Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway route around, rather than over, two ash basins located west of Route 15, has received federal environmental clearance. The new route was found to have no significant environmental impact on the surrounding residences, farmland, and wetlands, according to a recently released Environmental Impact Study (EIS).

PennDOT wants to know what you think of its winter work

Through May 7, people can grade PennDOT on their winter response in an online survey.

Congestion pricing floated as fix for Pa. transit funding crisis

The news that New York will become the first U.S. city to impose a fee on vehicles entering Manhattan has put congestion pricing at the center of a statewide conversation about how to fill Pennsylvania’s looming $450 million-a-year transit funding hole.

Fixing US bridges will take 80 years if current rate of progress continues: report

A new report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association said it will take 80 years to fix structurally deficient bridges if repairs continue at their current pace.

Fees on Uber trips and hybrid vehicles: Where the state might look to pay for public transportation

Charging a dollar fee per trip to Uber users, hitting hybrid and electric car owners with a new annual fee, and raising the state’s 3.07 percent personal income tax to 3.17 percent are among the ideas that a group of southeastern Pennsylvania leaders have pulled together to address the state’s transportation funding crisis.


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