PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 17

April 27, 2020

Gas tax revenue drying up

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the demand for gasoline has dropped as much as 50%, inventories have risen to a record high and the price of gas continues to plunge at the pump.

Wolf administration announces housing and transportation funding

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced new funding assistance for community development and affordable housing activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Pandemic puts emergency responders in tough spot; PennDOT adapts

Nearly a quarter of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Medical Services shut down between 2012 and 2018 due to a lack of funding and not enough emergency service technicians, paramedics or volunteers to staff ambulances. That was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, emergency responders face exposure to patients infected by the virus and risking their own health, as well as money being even tighter.

PennDOT extending deadlines for licenses, registrations

While expiration dates on licenses and registrations were extended to the end of April, they are now through the end of May. The deadline extension also applies to safety and emissions inspections as well as learner’s permits.

Prices are plummeting at the pump. But, will it last?

Prices at the pump are plummeting as more people are staying home during the COVID-19 crisis. That’s good news for drivers and for the state when it comes to protecting public health. But, the lower gas consumption could carry long-term impacts for Pennsylvania when it comes to collecting the gas tax, which funds infrastructure and state police services.

Coronavirus restrictions drive down traffic

Welcome to another consequence of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic – traffic on major roadways throughout the five-county Times News region is down significantly.

The Pa. Turnpike is seeing less traffic; it could cause big problems statewide

With fewer drivers, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is generating a lot less money from tolls. From March 22 through April 18, the turnpike commission has seen a 50 percent drop in revenue from tolls.


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