PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 6

February 5, 2024

I-95 northbound lanes in Philly reopened Monday; southbound closure to be scheduled

State officials say northbound lanes of I-95 closed over the weekend to allow work on construction of a park near Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia have reopened, but they warn that closure of southbound lanes will be needed in coming weeks.

Drivers keep passing stopped school buses, despite use of cameras to catch them

Drivers nationwide continue to barrel illegally past stopped school buses, endangering children and caregivers— and sometimes worse. But some states have found it hard to enforce relatively new laws allowing on-board bus camera systems that record the violations.

Transportation Sec. Buttigieg talks rail safety improvements

It’s been exactly one year since a freight train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, unleashing fiery plumes of toxic chemicals. While there were no casualties, the incident put a big spotlight on freight, rail safety and how the government can better protect against accidents like this.

Biden to visit E. Palestine to mark derailment anniversary

President Joe Biden will visit East Palestine, Ohio to meet with residents affected by the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train last year. Details of the president’s visit were not yet available, just that he would visit this month.

Revenue Department releases January collections

The Motor License Fund received $245.4 million for the month, $5.6 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 $1.8 billion, which is $11.0 million, or 0.6 percent, above estimate.

Philadelphia traffic ranked 8th-worst in U.S. in national study

Philadelphia’s traffic was ranked eighth-worst in the United States in a new study, using data from 2023. New York fared the worst in the index, with TomTom reporting drivers needing an average of 24 minutes and 50 seconds to travel just 10 kilometers.

Crash tests indicate nation’s guardrail system can’t handle heavy EVs

Electric vehicles that typically weigh more than gasoline-powered cars can easily crash through steel highway guardrails that are not designed to withstand the extra force, raising concerns about the nation’s roadside safety system, according to crash test data released Wednesday by the University of Nebraska.


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