PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 24

June 10, 2024

Pa. residents will need a REAL ID to board an airplane starting May 2025

Pennsylvania residents who want to board an airplane for a domestic flight will soon need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license. If their driver’s license is not REAL ID-compliant, they will need another form of approved identification, such as a passport to board their flight or enter a secure federal facility or military base. The REAL ID driver’s license and identification card have a small star in the upper right corner to indicate they meet federal regulations that establish minimum security standards.

PennDOT awards bid for $259M high-speed interchange in Centre County

PennDOT has awarded the construction bid for the long-awaited high-speed interchange between Interstates 80 and 99 in Centre County. Trumbull Corporation of Pittsburgh was the apparent low bidder at $259 million, according to a PennDOT news release on Friday. PennDOT expects to issue notice to proceed in July and work will occur over the next six construction seasons, ending in 2030.

Gov. Shapiro signs bill banning handheld cellphone use while driving

Gov. Josh Shapiro signed into law a strict ban on the use of handheld cellphones while driving. The law, which goes into effect next year, will also require the Pennsylvania State Police and other large police departments, to collect and report data on traffic stops, such as a driver’s race, a priority of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.

Senate committee votes to allow PennDOT motorcycle inspections year-round

While winter may not be the best time to ride a motorcycle, the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee has agreed that the state should allow motorcycle inspections to be conducted during those colder months.

Pgh. International Airport to receive upgrades from Biden’s infrastructure law

Pittsburgh International Airport is set to receive $20.5 million in funding from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to reconstruct the terminal building and allow passengers to move more freely through it.

Deluzio appointed to House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-17th District) has been appointed to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the remainder of the current session of Congress. Deluzio thanked House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) for selecting him to serve on the committee, which had a vacancy following the death of New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne in April.

Revenue Department releases May collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $311.3 million for the month, $2.0 million below 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 $2.9 billion, which is $6.1 million, or 0.2 percent, above estimate.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg discusses Pa. infrastructure at WGAL

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stopped by WGAL studios Wednesday morning for an interview with WGAL News 8 Today anchors Matt Barcaro and Katelyn Smith. They discussed infrastructure in Pennsylvania, projects here in the Susquehanna Valley, and money being spent.


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