PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 48

December 3, 2019

Twists, turns, bridges, tunnels could complicate Western Pa. hyperloop projects

Hyperloop technology promises to zip passengers from Pittsburgh to Chicago in less than an hour, but Western Pennsylvania’s mountains, valleys and rivers could slow it down.

Can you pay for infrastructure repairs without raising state taxes?

Without calling for any new taxes, Republicans in the state House have released a plan they say will address billions of dollars in unmet repairs to Pennsylvania’s crumbling highways, bridges, dams and railroads.

PHL to receive $1.4 million for Tinicum Island Road relocation project

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation Fund will provide $1.4 million to help Philadelphia Airport expand air cargo operations by relocating the one-mile stretch of road currently bisecting the airport. The total estimated cost for the project is $15.7 million.

Gov. Tom Wolf nominates Yassmin Gramian to serve as PennDOT secretary

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Wednesday he is nominating the chief operating officer of Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation to serve as the head of that department.

Transportation spending up across country, report says

The National Association of State Budget Officers released a report this week that shows transportation spending by states in fiscal year 2019 to be about $170 billion.

Pennsylvania ranked as second most dangerous state for winter driving, according to analysis

The Commonwealth has been ranked as the second most dangerous state for winter driving. This is according to new analysis by MoneyGeek.

Pa. businesses, higher ed institutions urge state leaders to accelerate a low-carbon future

Major businesses and higher education institutions across Pennsylvania called on state lawmakers today to prioritize policies that will accelerate the Commonwealth’s transition to a low-carbon economy.


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