PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 9

February 27, 2024

I-95 southbound lanes reopen in Philly after weekend construction

Southbound lanes on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia have reopened Monday morning following another round of road closures as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s $329 million CAP project. I-95 South between I-676 and Morris Street reopened around 1:45 a.m., several hours ahead of schedule, after shutting down on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Federal and Pa. officials turn attention to more truck parking

As federal transportation officials mark the second anniversary of their plan to reduce deaths and serious injuries in crashes on U.S. highways, increased attention is being focused on a long-standing safety problem: A lack of places for truckers to park their rigs after a long day on the road.

Turnpike’s $200M Northeast Extension project nears milestone

The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s estimated $200 million project to widen the Northeast Extension as far north as the Quakertown interchange is nearing a milestone.

Montco’s Kenneth Lawrence to chair SEPTA’s board

The board for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA, announced Thursday that Kenneth E. Lawrence has been unanimously elected to serve as the chair. Lawrence will be the first African-American to advance to the position.

SEPTA regional rail service could expand this fall

SEPTA officials are considering the best ways to add more service to the regional rail lines. The discussions are preliminary and depend on funding from outside sources.

Work moving forward on Johnstown’s second daily Amtrak round trip

A plan to bring a second Amtrak passenger train on a daily round trip through Johnstown is now fully funded — and efforts are underway to get necessary track upgrades under construction, state Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr. said.

LANTA buses to be fueled by natural gas from landfills

In a first of its kind partnership in Pennsylvania, the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority and UGI Energy Services Inc. announced a plan to use renewable natural gas (RNG) to power more than 80 buses in LANTA’s fleet.

SEPTA awarded $317M for Market-Frankford Line makeover

The grant from the Biden administration will allow SEPTA to replace 200 railcars along the Market-Frankford Line, also referred to as the “EL.” Officials said SEPTA is in dire need of upgrades, adding that the aging railcars are on average 25 years old and need to be replaced.


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