PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 6

February 9, 2021

PA Motor Truck Association opposes bridge tolling proposal

With little public notice or attention, PennDOT’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board approved the “Pathways Major Bridge P3 Initiative” on November 12, 2020 that will institute tolls on five to 10 interstate bridges across the Commonwealth.

Mississippi, Pennsylvania bills would revise speed radar rules

In Pennsylvania, a renewed effort would authorize speed radar by municipal police. The Keystone State is the only state in the country that prohibits municipal police from enforcing speed limits with radar. Since 1961, only state troopers are allowed to use radar.

Gov. Wolf calls for state police fee for municipalities… again

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal once again includes a municipal fee that’s expected to raise $168 million for the Pennsylvania State Police. Unlike in previous years, when the proposal failed to pass the legislature, this fee would be charged to all municipalities based partially on services rather than focusing on a specific group of communities.

Senate confirms Buttigieg as transportation secretary

Pete Buttigieg won Senate approval Tuesday as transportation secretary, the first openly gay person to be confirmed to a Cabinet post. He’ll be tasked with advancing President Joe Biden’s ambitious agenda of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and fighting climate change.

Toll hikes proposed for bridges crossing Delaware River between NJ, PA

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has proposed increasing tolls on eight of its crossings between New Jersey and Pennsylvania this year and again in 2024.


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