PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 39

October 5, 2021

Transportation, Ag secretaries discuss critical link between industries

The secretaries from the state Departments of Agriculture and PennDOT highlighted their industries’ link to each other and the state economy.

Revenue Department releases September collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $236.8 million for the month, $20.0 million above estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $729.8 million, which is $22.5 million, or 3.2 percent, above estimate.

Wolf administration responds to nationwide bus driver shortage

With a little more than 42,000 school bus drivers in Pennsylvania — the lowest in five years — the Wolf administration will expand licensing opportunities to help schools struggling amid a nationwide shortage.

Pa. sends 375K letters to recruit bus drivers to address shortage

Pennsylvania officials mailed 375,000 letters to recruit commercial driver’s license holders to become bus drivers in an effort to address the current shortage.

$104 million PennDOT project on I-83 nearly finished after 3 years

A $104 million project on Interstate 83 is coming to a close before Thanksgiving, according to PennDOT.

Highway funding jolt could be coming

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act pending in Washington, D.C., calls for allocating $3.9 billion to Pennsylvania for transportation — with Blair County slated to get between $3.5 million and $5.5 million annually over five years.

Tolls on I-83 South Bridge? West Shore leaders want to hit the brakes as study continues

A plan to toll the I-83 South Bridge in Harrisburg to pay for its replacement is drawing strong opposition from leaders of two West Shore communities that would be heavily impacted by it.


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