PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 13

March 25, 2024

Transportation funding and eviction reform pass the Pa. House

In its first session week of 2024, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed bills on transportation funding, eviction reform, and tuition savings accounts. The bills now advance to the state Senate, but not all will cross the finish line.

Shapiro plan to boost mass transit aid passes Pa. House

The bill would deliver an increase of about 20% in state aid to public transportation systems, proposed by the Democratic governor in his budget plan earlier this year. However, the bill faces long odds in the Republican-controlled Senate, with Republicans protesting the amount of the funding increase and objecting to procedures that House Democrats used to pass the bill.

Drivers await faster chargers as federal rollout lags

When Raphael Boateng leaves his home in West Chester for his 32-mile commute to GE HealthCare in Center City, he knows he may have to pay for both parking and to recharge his Tesla Model Y before he gets to the office.

NTSB releases final report on collapse of Fern Hollow Bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report Friday on the 2022 collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge. The report comes a month after the agency held a hearing where it said it found major shortcomings in the way the city of Pittsburgh maintains and repairs bridges, and also serious problems with PennDOT’s bridge inspection program.

 

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