PHIA Takes Nominations for Annual Road & Bridge Safety Awards

December 30, 2019 by · Comments Off on PHIA Takes Nominations for Annual Road & Bridge Safety Awards
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Each year the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) team with various state organizations to recognize the best road safety or bridge improvement projects undertaken across the state.  Go HERE for complete information.

Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2019.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.

 

Calculating the Oil Company Franchise Tax **NEW**

January 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on Calculating the Oil Company Franchise Tax **NEW**
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Background
State Law requires the Oil Company Franchise Tax (OCFT) to be calculated and certified annually by the state Department of Revenue.The rate is determined annually by the department and announced by each December 15 for the following calendar year. The tax rate is determined on a “cents per gallon equivalent basis,” which is defined in law.As of November 25, 2013, the law changed to eliminate the inflationary cap on the OCFT and the fixed 12¢ per gallon retail fuel tax. Read more

Understanding Fuel Taxes in Pennsylvania **NEW**

January 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on Understanding Fuel Taxes in Pennsylvania **NEW**
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Background
Prior to January 1, 2014, Pennsylvania had a “two-tier system” for the assessment of fuel taxes. This system was originally designed in 1981 with the establishment of the Oil Company Franchise Tax (OCFT) in addition to the Flat Tax on fuel.  The flat tax portion was repealed via Act 89 of 2013 and the entire taxing structure was shifted to the OCFT.  Read more

PHIA Digest Vol. 34

July 27, 2015 by · Comments Off on PHIA Digest Vol. 34
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PDSITELOGO2Early look at raising speed limits in Pennsylvania promising
Pennsylvania motorists who gravitate toward the left lane may have to wait a bit longer to learn whether state policymakers consider it safe to increase interstate speed limits to 70 mph.

A Penn State study of crash and speed data in pilot areas where the higher speeds have been in place for about year found no significant overall increases in speeds for cars or trucks, and that the percentage of vehicles going faster than the posted limit deceased by about a third.

License plate tags may continue to stick around in Pennsylvania
A plan to eliminate the tiny registration stickers that drivers must put on their license plates appears to be running into a police roadblock.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, hoping to modernize the renewal process and make it more consumer friendly, wants to stop sending out the stickers at the end of next year. Officials say the department would save money and drivers could renew online and print out their registrations without waiting for a card and sticker to arrive in the mail. Read more

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 33

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PDSITELOGO2Federal Agencies Name Pennsylvania National Transportation Planning Excellence Award Winner
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today jointly announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) as one of this year’s eight Transportation Planning Excellence Award (TPEA) recipients.

“Building a world-class transportation system doesn’t happen overnight, and never by accident,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These awards recognize the critical role planning plays in meeting America’s future transportation challenges.”

Cameras, radars and bans: Committee weighs safe driving proposals for Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania drivers may have a lot more restrictions on how they drive in the future as the Pennsylvania General Assembly considers legislation that aims to increase safety on the state’s roadways.

The Pa. House and Senate Transportation Committees met Tuesday for a joint hearing on a handful of proposed legislation that would directly impact drivers. Those proposals include banning handheld devices while driving, allowing local cops to use radar and installing cameras in workzone areas.

State reviews options for slowing work-zone traffic
Lead-footed drivers might want to flash a smile for the cameras as they cruise through work zones if the state follows through on plans to crack down on speeders.

Supporters say speed enforcement cameras are needed to protect highway workers and free up troopers to do things other than babysit construction sites.

PennDOT, Partners Host National, State Workers Memorials Honoring Fallen Employees
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike today joined the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), and Flagger Force to honor lives lost in work zones across the country as the National Work Zone Memorial makes three stops in Pennsylvania.

Unveiled in April 2002, the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation’s National Work Zone Memorial and its “Respect and Remembrance: Reflections of Life on the Road” program is a living tribute to the memory of lives lost in work zones. The memorial is updated each year and travels to communities cross-country, year-round to raise public awareness of the need to respect and stay safe in America’s roadway work zones.

Slow Down: Bill would use cameras to nab speeders in highway work zones
Contractor Mike Hawbaker knows first-hand the kind of danger his crew faces when paving roads in work zones as cars and trucks whiz by.

One of his foremen was thrown 150 feet when a vehicle plowed into a work zone on Route 6 in Bradford County. She suffered a broken hip and fractured legs and has undergone 21 surgeries since the accident happened 21/2 years ago.

That’s why Hawbaker is supporting legislation that would place speed cameras in active work zones on the Turnpike and interstates in Pennsylvania for a five-year trial period.

Studies Continue Into 70 MPH Speed Limit Possibility In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania motorists who gravitate toward the left lane may have to wait a bit longer to learn whether state policymakers consider it safe to increase interstate speed limits to 70 mph.

A Penn State study of crash and speed data in pilot areas where the higher speeds have been in place for about year found no significant overall increases in speeds for either cars or trucks, and that the percentage of vehicles going faster than the posted limit actually deceased by about a third.

 

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 1

November 24, 2014 by · Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 1
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How are Pennsylvania’s roads holding up?
In 2014, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. It gave the state’s roads a D-. The ASCE considered a few factors when grading Pennsylvania’s roads, including roughness, capacity, and safety.

Highway funding fix should be Congress’ top 2015 priority: Nick Ivanoff and Robert Latham
As we close the door on the 2014 General Election, it was encouraging to hear both President Obama and congressional leaders express a willingness to seek common ground on issues that present the greatest opportunity for bipartisan cooperation.

Public comments sought on long-range transportation plans
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to view and comment on a draft of the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan, which will help guide future 12-year programs and regional plans.

Gallons That Cost More Than Gas
Think gas is expensive? The U.S. is experiencing the lowest gas prices in four years, so we thought it would be fun to take a look at some things that are more expensive than gasoline when sold by the gallon.

Alternative Transportation Receives Federal Funding
An ambitious plan to redevelop the Civic Arena site in Downtown Pittsburgh has received a sizeable loan to help fund the included multimodal transportation efforts.

Shuster re-elected to head transportation committee
U.S. Rep Bill Shuster, R-Pa., was re-elected by the House of Republican Conference on Wednesday to continue as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 114th session of Congress.

PennDOT unveils innovation mapping tool
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch unveiled a new website that illustrates innovations that have been deployed on roads and bridges throughout the state.

Call for Nominations: Transportation Advocate of the Year

January 14, 2013 by · Comments Off on Call for Nominations: Transportation Advocate of the Year
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PHIA’s mission is to be the leading organization educating the public on the importance and value of a safe and modern highway system.  As part of our mission, we periodically recognize those persons making lasting and outstanding contributions to the highway industry.

If you would like to nominate an individual to be considered for the award, please complete and return the enclosed form.  A committee will be assembled to review all nominations received.  The award will be presented at the PHIA Annual Meeting scheduled for April 23, 2013.

Eligibility
Nominees must be a highway transportation advocate from the public or private sector–working or retired–who lives in Pennsylvania.  Membership in PHIA is not required.  Recognition of an individual may be based on his or her contributions in a given year or for outstanding service in promoting the benefits of a vibrant, efficient and modern highway system over several years.

Please submit all nominations by March 1, 2013. 

  • DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM HERE.
  • To view a list of past recipients of the Transportation Advocate of the Year Award, go HERE.

 

2011-12 Motor License Fund Revenues Chart

September 14, 2012 by · Comments Off on 2011-12 Motor License Fund Revenues Chart
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A snapshot from where PA gets its highway funds.

 

 

2011-12 Motor License Fund Expenditures Chart

September 14, 2012 by · Comments Off on 2011-12 Motor License Fund Expenditures Chart
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Here’s a snapshot of how PA spends it highway dollars:

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

December 15, 2011 by · Comments Off on SAVE THE DATE!
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PHIA’s  Transportation Conference & Annual Meeting will be held on April 3, 2012, at the Hilton Harrisburg. Complete conference information will be posted when available – please check back!

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