PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 43

October 28, 2019

Fewer teen drivers are on the road in Pennsylvania

The number of teen drivers in Pennsylvania is at a 10-year low and there are fewer crashes involving teen drivers than there were in 2009, according to data from PennDOT.

Maryland official wants to join Pennsylvania to apply for Route 219 funding

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn has reached out by letter to his counterpart in Pennsylvania, Leslie Richards, and proposed the states join together to apply for federal funds to finish the last 8 miles of Route 219.

Pa. won’t give driver’s license records to census

Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary is telling the U.S. Census Bureau that her agency won’t provide driver’s license records as part of a Trump administration effort to gather citizenship information. Secretary Leslie Richards wrote Thursday to a Census Bureau official, saying her department won’t participate in the project.

Pa. Turnpike begins cashless tolling Sunday at Ohio border, Route 66 bypass

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will no longer accept cash payment for tolls at two new locations, the entry from Ohio in Lawrence County and the Turnpike Route 66 bypass in Westmoreland County. The agency is encouraging motorists to use its prepaid E-ZPass transponder linked to a credit card account to pay tolls.

Governors eye regional gas tax to fund transition from fossil fuels

Governors from several northeastern and mid-Atlantic states may have found a way to reduce pollution from cars and trucks and buck the Trump administration, which is trying to weaken auto emissions standards and gut efforts to curb climate change.

Interstate 84 closed due to deteriorating bridge in Pike County

A stretch of highway in the Poconos is closed because of a deteriorating bridge. Interstate 84 east in Pike County is closed between Routes 390 and 507 near Tafton. The hole opened up on the bridge over Shiny Mountain Road. It was discovered Tuesday night.


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