PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 21

May 23, 2022

Fern Hollow Bridge report shows deterioration months before collapse

An inspection report of the Fern Hollow Bridge shows it was suffering widespread decay just four months before it collapsed.

PA judge halts bridge tolling plans, for now

A judge has ordered a temporary halt to Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to toll as many as nine major bridges on interstates in Pennsylvania, siding Wednesday with Cumberland County and a handful of municipalities that are challenging the process as both illegal and unconstitutional.

How to bring bike lanes to southeastern PA

The Bicycle Friendly Resurfacing Program is an effort between the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and PennDOT with the goal of identifying roads in the four suburban counties in the southeastern Pennsylvania area that are good candidates for bicycle facilities before the resurfacing process begins.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 20

May 18, 2022

Northern CSVT will be open to traffic in July; work on southern section to start Monday

Ted Deptula, the assistant construction engineer for PennDOT District 3-0, and Matt Beck, a PennDOT assistant plans engineer, updated members of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee via Zoom on Friday. The first contract for the southern section was also awarded this week, and work is expected to begin on Monday.

PennDOT Announces 2021 statewide traffic fatalities

Pennsylvania roadway deaths were up about 9% in 2021. This increase is in line with a recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, projecting a national increase of approximately 12% in the first nine months of 2021.

Construction starts at site of collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge

Construction is now underway at the site of the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge, welcome news to businesses in the area.

Tolling plan dropped for 1 side of I-78 bridge after community input

Community input was part of the reason plans for the I-78 bridge were changed from tolling in both directions, to tolling now only being pursued for westbound traffic, PennDOT said.

PennDOT to host public hearing on I-83 bridge tolling plan

The public hearing is scheduled to take place both in Cumberland and Dauphin counties, with the Cumberland County hearing scheduled for 3:30 to 7 p.m. May 25, at Penn Harris Hotel, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. The Dauphin County hearing is scheduled for the next day at Hilton Garden Inn-Harrisburg East, 3943 Tecport Drive, Harrisburg.

PennDOT announces the completion of the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan

PennDOT announced the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan to establish the priorities and critical transportation strategies to guide Pennsylvania’s project investments.

Diesel in PA among highest in the country, at $6.22 per gallon

The average price of diesel fuel in Pennsylvania is nearly seventy cents more per gallon than the national average, according to AAA.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 19

May 9, 2022

Pa. takes baby steps away from gas tax, toward fee for miles driven

Following a slowly growing national movement, Pennsylvania may be ready to try the idea of charging drivers a mileage-based fee to make up millions in transportation revenue lost to more fuel-efficient hybrid and electric cars.

Biofuels industry still waiting on subsidies to compete with oil, gas, electric vehicles

The biofuel industry could dramatically reduce tailpipe emissions from cars and improve air quality, but the effects of the pandemic and government subsidies for green competitors like electric vehicles makes future growth a tough road ahead.

Norman Mineta, transportation secretary in 9/11 era, dies

Norman Mineta, who broke racial barriers for Asian Americans serving in high-profile government posts and ordered commercial flights grounded after the 9/11 terror attacks as the nation’s federal transportation secretary, died Tuesday. He was 90.

One year from full implementation, nearly 7M Pennsylvanians without REAL ID

With a year before the federal government enforces its REAL ID requirements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is encouraging state residents to update their driver’s licenses and photo ID. When federal enforcement starts on May 3, 2023, only REAL ID-compliant documents will be accepted at airports, federal buildings, and for other federal purposes. If someone doesn’t update their driver’s license, they would need to use a passport, for example, to take a domestic flight.

Bus video gives more info about Pittsburgh bridge collapse

Video footage from a bus of the bridge collapse in Pittsburgh this year shows one end of the structure had already fallen when an expansion joint at the other end was pulling apart, federal investigators said Thursday.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 18

May 2, 2022

Corman vows to undo plans to toll bridges to fund repairs

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jake Corman pushed back on the Wolf administration’s plans to toll nine bridges across the state and called on the governor to halt the process, while also promising to undo the process if he is elected.

Officials want to make sure drivers pay for Turnpike trips

Officials with the Pennsylvania Turnpike, along with lawmakers, are working to reduce leakage on the Turnpike. The term leakage refers to transactions, or toll rides, that generate no revenue.

Worst commutes in Pennsylvania

Commuting easily ranks as one of the least enjoyable parts of a person’s day. Commuters encounter more physical health problems, and low-income commuters are less likely to gain financial stability—among a host of other negative impacts.

Fight to put a halt to tolling I-83/South Bridge gets day in court

A group of county and municipal officials objecting to the proposed tolling of the I-83/South Bridge took their case to court on Monday to try to at least get a temporary halt to that project.

Learn how Pa. plans to spend federal money on new charging corridors

Pennsylvania was already working on electric vehicle charging corridors before the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was signed, and now the public can hear the state’s plans and weigh in on them.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 17

April 25, 2022

What the latest U.N. climate report says about transportation

1.5 degrees Celsius. That’s the increase in the Earth’s temperature that scientists have set as the outer limit before climate change starts to radically affect human societies. The UN’s latest report on climate change issued this week found governments aren’t doing nearly enough to avoid this fate.

Route 219 Maryland to Meyersdale connection gets $53 million boost

The Route 219 extension from Meyersdale to Maryland was almost off the table — until $53 million was acquired for pre-construction costs Wednesday.

Gov. Wolf announces 64 transportation projects in 34 counties

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian today announced the approval of funding for 64 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the state, 43 of which are funded through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The legislative push to cut PA’s gas tax

According to AAA, the average price per gallon of gas in Pennsylvania is down about 20 cents in the last month. However, the state’s gas tax is still one of the highest in the country.

What to consider before taking off your mask on public transit or planes

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that people wear masks while on public transportation or airplanes. To add to the confusion, some local transit authorities (like the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of Philadelphia) have changed their mask mandates after the ruling while others (like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York City) have kept them intact.

National electric vehicle network channels $25 million to PA infrastructure

In February, President Biden unveiled a $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, a plan that would place charging stations along major interstates, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Now, Pennsylvania leaders are discussing implementation and funding for the network in the state.

SEPTA to pay $9.75 million for property for new Conshohocken train station

On the April 28th agenda for SEPTA’s board is a resolution to authorize the purchase of 6.5 acres on Conshohocken riverfront to construct the new train station and a parking garage. The cost of the property is $9.75 million. In the resolution, the parking garage is stated to be “proposed.”