PHIA News Digest — Vol. 6, No. 50

December 20, 2021

Rep. Wild announces $1.17 billion from infrastructure bill for PA

Over a billion dollars’ worth of infrastructure investments will be coming to the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed in November, according to Representative Susan Wild’s office.

NEPA business, tourism leaders express support for Scranton-NYC Amtrak route

The push is on in northeast Pennsylvania to show support for Amtrak’s proposed Scranton-NYC route, with business and tourism leaders endorsing the project as signatures fill a petition organized by an advocacy group.

Pa. OKs $33 million in grants for freight-rail projects

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of 25 freight-rail improvement projects that will receive a combined $33 million in state funding.

Automated Speed Enforcement’s program awards Philadelphia $22.1 million

Pennsylvania’s Automated Speed Enforcement program recently awarded Philadelphia $22.1 million for eight traffic safety projects.

Senator Casey and leaders discuss investments in public transportation

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey met with transportation officials and Altoona elected officials Monday to discuss the possibilities with the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Battle over tolling I-79 plus 8 other interstate bridges rages on

PennDOT is pressing ahead, laying the groundwork for charging tolls on nine bridges across Pennsylvania to raise money for repair and replacement.

Sens. Blunt, Warner reintroduce bill to improve U.S. infrastructure

Thursday, U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mark Warner (D-VA) reintroduced the Reinventing Economic Partnerships and Infrastructure Redevelopment (REPAIR) Act to help close the infrastructure gap.

Thompson meets with Highway Administration in opposition to bridge tolling

U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson on Tuesday hosted a meeting with the Federal Highway Administration to voice his concerns over PennDOT’s plan to toll nine major bridges throughout Pennsylvania.

PennDOT announces new 511PA features

The PennDOT announced updates to the 511PA traveler information service including new features and alert customization for passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle drivers.


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