PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 21

May 24, 2021

Pols from Pa., nationwide jostle for federal transportation cash

The White House continues negotiations with congressional Republicans, and it’s not yet clear how much money will be available to dole out or how—but lawmakers also presented with the opportunity to earmark transportation funds for the first time in a decade aren’t taking any chances.

Nearly 150 pedestrians killed by drivers across Pa. in 2020

There is a new report that the reduction in the number of vehicles on the road in 2020 did not reduce the number of collisions, especially for pedestrians. A report shows that in 2020 drivers beat and killed 145 pedestrians across Pennsylvania. Experts said drivers and pedestrians need to be careful.

Biden plan seeks to fix existing roads. Some states focus on expansion

The Federal Highway Administration estimates a $435 billion backlog of rehabilitation needs, while an analysis of agency data by The Washington Post shows a fifth of the nation’s major roads, stretching almost 164,000 miles, were rated in poor condition in 2019. That figure has stayed mostly unchanged for a decade.

Somerset board hopeful about Route 219 funding

As President Joe Biden and key Republican senators huddle up this week to try to reach a bipartisan federal infrastructure bill, Somerset County’s commissioners will be awaiting every update.

Bipartisan bill to fund state DOTs introduced in U.S. House

U.S. Reps. Conor Lamb (D-PA), Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Salud Carbajal (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize an additional $18 billion in emergency funding for state departments of transportation.

GOP senator floats temporary cut to state gas tax

In response to rising gas prices and shortages in some parts of the United States, state Sen. Doug Mastriano is seeking to implement a temporary cut to the state’s gas tax in order to provide relief to Pennsylvania consumers.

Electric-powered trucks rule moves ahead in Pa.

Multiple bills in the Pennsylvania General Assembly would adopt a federal weight exemption for electric-powered trucks. The rule is already in place in the majority of states. Currently, the state of Pennsylvania authorizes electric-powered trucks to weigh up to 80,000 pounds.

Pa. legislation would establish transportation fund

Legislation recently introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would create a Transportation Reinvestment and Improvement Program and a Transportation Reinvestment and Improvement Program Fund.

Advocacy group calls for speeding up transition to electric vehicles

An environmental advocacy group has called on Pennsylvania to speed up the transition from gasoline-fueled vehicles to electric vehicles to protect future generations from climate change.


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