PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 40

October 16, 2017

Massive bridge over Susquehanna may not open for years after completion

The opening of a 4,545-foot bridge being built over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the Winfield area could be delayed for several years after it is completed in 2020.

Secretary pushes importance of STEM for women in transportation

For the state Department of Transportation, teaching students the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are a priority as the department continues to aim for diversity in its workforce.

Business, community leaders form coalition to push for highway projects

The Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) has been considering how to fund a a new high-speed interchange between Interstates 99 and 80 at Bellefonte as well as improvements to the two-lane stretch of Route 322 between Boalsburg and Potters Mills.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 39

October 9, 2017

Road hazard: Statistics on distracted driving ‘sobering, real’

In Pennsylvania, all drivers are prohibited from using a cellphone or other electronic device to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion. Violators face a fine of $50 plus court costs and other fees. Is the penalty enough to stop people of all ages from texting while driving?

Massive Pa Turnpike detour rescheduled for Oct. 13-16

A lengthy detour of more than an hour is being planned for the Northeastern Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Oct. 13 through 16th. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area if at all possible, or plan for an additional hour of travel time that weekend.

PA Turnpike broadband PPP paves way for connected travel

A primary purpose of the broadband network will be to expand the PTC’s cashless toll collections. It will also provide connectivity for the PTC’s administrative buildings, maintenance sheds, tolling systems, traffic cameras, electronic road signs, in addition to accommodating future applications.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 38

October 2, 2017

Public-private bridge deal getting job done

A contractor hired by the state to replace more than 500 bridges in three years appears on track to get the job done on time, a PennDOT official said this week.

Now Lower Nazareth could leave Colonial Regional Police

Lower Nazareth Township could become the next municipality to pull out of Colonial Regional Police, the 24-person force created more than 20 years ago to serve Lower Nazareth, Hanover Township, and Bath in Northampton County.

Pittsburgh’s bike culture must be preserved amid transportation issues

In a city where 25 percent of households have no access to a vehicle, people are being pushed to areas without quality transit or safe biking and walking options, decimating their quality of life.

Public transportation would help many people. But will it ever happen?

Since a fixed-route public bus system shut down in 2004 after operating for 13 years, county residents have had few public transportation options to choose from.

Trump backs off vow that private sector should help pay for infrastructure package

President Trump told lawmakers Tuesday that he was abandoning a key element of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package, complaining that certain partnerships between the private sector and federal government simply don’t work.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 37

September 25, 2017

Route 219 extension set to open summer 2018

Construction crews are paving the way for drivers in Somerset County. The 11-mile Route 219 extension will connect Somerset to Meyersdale. The four-lane highway features six new bridges.

PA state budget woes may affect Pittsburgh’s bus system

The latest attempt to fund the state, which was passed by the PA House of Representatives, has the Port Authority warning of drastic consequences which would affect Pittsburgh residents and Duquesne students. The PA Senate voted on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to send the bill back to the House.

Pa. budget impasse leads to credit downgrade

When it returned to the Capitol last week, the House instead passed a no-new-tax plan that involved transferring money out of special state funds that pay for transportation and environmental projects, among other things.

Pennsylvania’s destructive budget machinations

Oh, what a tangled and fiscally risky web is woven when tax dollars meant to be spent on one thing are diverted to other things, scholars at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy say.

House committee chair says U.S. must explore all options to improve infrastructure

As the conversation around U.S. infrastructure increasingly turns to the dire need for new and innovative methods, leaders from across the nation gathered Monday at Texas A&M to discuss creating more efficient and cost-effective solutions.

Here’s how PennDOT is getting ready for a driver-less future

We’re in the midst of an explosion of activity related to the development of autonomous vehicle technology. What was once a figment of science fiction, self-driving cars – officially known as highly automated vehicles (HAV’s) – are ready to make their mark in a big way, particularly here in Pennsylvania.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 36

September 18, 2017

PA House Passes Bill to Raid Transportation Funds

Around 10pm on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania state House voted to raid various funds throughout the state government—including $100 million from transportation—to plug up the state budget hole.

Editorial | A completed Route 219 would give tremendous boost to region

Motorists are anticipating the opening of the new Route 219 south segment almost as much as kids look forward to Christmas.

Alloway warns lawmakers: Leave transportation money alone

A group of conservative Republicans in the House have proposed balancing Pennsylvania’s overdue budget by withdrawing money from special government accounts, including nearly half a billion dollars from transportation accounts.

Wolf administration hosting Pennsylvania’s first-ever summit on automated vehicles

A Carnegie Mellon University expert on self-driving cars is one of the featured speakers at an automated vehicle summit convened by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The murky future of driverless vehicles

There is little doubt that autonomous vehicles (AVs) are going to transform our transportation landscape. But predicting the timing of the arrival of self-driving vehicles into the mass market, and the manner and magnitude of their impact on our communities, carries considerable uncertainty.


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