PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 13

March 30, 2020

PennDOT reopens five additional rest areas 

PennDOT is reopening indoor facilities at five additional rest areas statewide. 

PennDOT extends expiration on driver licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations   

PennDOT announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner’s permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. 

Wolf administration lays off about 2,500 state employees as virus fallout deepens   

The Wolf administration has laid off about 2,500 part-time and seasonal employees and interns as the financial fallout from the coronavirus deepens, straining Pennsylvania’s cash flow, Spotlight PA has learned. 

Pennsylvania Real ID deadline delayed until 2021   

The Department of Homeland Security has postponed Pennsylvania’s enforcement date for Real ID from October 2020 to October 2021, PennDOT announced. 

What pandemic stimulus package means to Pa., NJ   

$25 billion will go into transportation, a concern for people in Pennsylvania, Casey said, as they are concerned about transit dollars and the money “would help them survive.” 

No cash amid coronavirus outbreak: bridges connecting Pa., N.J. go all electronic   

The no-cash movement in response to the coronavirus pandemic now includes your trip over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Starting Thursday morning, the Delaware River Port Authority is instituting all-electronic tolling on the Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Commodore Barry and Walt Whitman bridges, connecting South Jersey with Philadelphia and Delaware County. 


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