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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 28

July 16, 2018

Man charged with theft of nearly $5,000 in unpaid tolls

A Newville man is accused of using the Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls 76 times over two years without paying, racking up more almost $5,000 in unpaid tolls.

SEPTA unveils Regional Rail locomotives

The purchase of the new locomotives was made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s comprehensive transportation funding bill.

Gov. Wolf announces traffic signal funds to benefit 70 municipalities statewide

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing safety and mobility across Pennsylvania’s communities.

PennDOT and DCED announce designation of U.S. bicycle Routes 30 and 36

PennDOT and the Department of Community and Economic Developed today announced that two new U.S. Bicycle Routes have been designated in Pennsylvania: USBRs 30 and 36. These U.S. Bicycle Route designations create nationally recognized interstate bicycle touring routes in Pennsylvania, which bring significant long-term economic benefits to local communities from out-of-state tourism.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 27

July 9, 2018

Pa. lading turnpike with debt

The toll increase — which, like state pension contributions — are going nowhere but up in the coming years, largely because of shortsighted decisions years ago by lawmakers and the governor.

Editorial: Hit brakes on endless turnpike toll hikes

The turnpike commission should continue to lobby state lawmakers to find another way to fund Pennsylvania’s roadways and mass transit than to continually raise tolls on those travelling [sic] the turnpike.

High tolls price of bad governance

Pennsylvania lawmakers who recently fled the state Capitol for a three-month summer vacation used their E-ZPasses not only to pay their tolls on the way out of town, but to mask their own bad governance.

Auditor General DePasquale says Turnpike toll hikes making roadway unaffordable

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued this statement following a vote today by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to raise tolls six percent in January 2019 — the eleventh consecutive annual increase.

Pennsylvania Turnpike fares to rise another 6 percent in 2019

Motorists will pay about 6 percent more to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike next year, whether they pay cash or use the E-ZPass pay system. Read more

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 26

July 2, 2018

Trump’s own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure

President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure. He also wants to strengthen the U.S. steel industry through tariffs on imports. But that second goal could make it more costly to accomplish the first.

Pennsylvania Turnpike toll violator sent to jail for first time by Lancaster County judge

A Montgomery County man is the state’s first toll violator to be sent to jail on a criminal charge of not paying tolls and fees, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Route 30 reopens after April landslide

Nearly three months after collapsing during a landslide, Route 30 is back open, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

Larson Transportation Institute brings big win with USDOT grant

Improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure will be the primary focus of a multi-university transportation research program led by Penn State, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) 2017 Region 3 University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 25

June 26, 2018

Experts say a regional approach is essential for tackling freight transportation

As construction of warehouses and distribution centers continues to increase throughout the region, the challenges of transporting all that freight continue to rise in importance.

PennDOT secretary addresses local freight issues at summit

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards reviewed steps Gov. Tom Wolf’s office has taken to address freight-related challenges at the first in-the-state summit.

To combat potholes, cities turn to technology

In a growing number of cities, including Omaha, Nebraska; Hartford, Connecticut; and San Diego, residents can download an app for reporting potholes. In Houston, residents can check out the Pothole Tracker app or log on to a website and see graphics and charts showing the city’s progress in fixing them.

How the Koch brothers are killing public transit projects around the country

In cities and counties across the country — including Little Rock, Ark.; Phoenix, Ariz.; southeast Michigan; central Utah; and here in Tennessee — the Koch brothers are fueling a fight against public transit, an offshoot of their longstanding national crusade for lower taxes and smaller government.

OOIDA seeks class action status for Pennsylvania toll lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Motorists Association are asking a federal court to grant class action status to their lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. If granted, more than 100,000 motorists could be potential class members in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of “excessive” toll increases on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

New buses running on natural gas

This morning Amtran introduced five new compressed natural gas buses. They held a special ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at their operation center on Fifth Avenue in Altoona.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 24

June 18, 2018

Pennsylvania is the only state that bans cops from using radar

The state is the only one nationwide that bans municipal police officers from using radar to enforce speed limits. For the last 57 years, Pennsylvania has reserved that technology for state troopers.

Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Rob Peter to pay Paul

Raiding one tax source to pay for something else yields a vicious cycle. Politicians use crumbling roads as a justification to raise gas taxes. They use underfunded state worker pensions as a justification to raid the gas tax revenues, leaving potholes unfilled. Then potholes become an excuse to raise gas taxes further.

PennDOT to discuss regulations with autonomous vehicle operators

Autonomous vehicle operators will have a hand in shaping regulations that will govern how they test the technology on public roads. Within the next few weeks, PennDOT plans to meet one-on-one with the five self-driving car entities in the state.

Over $2.5 million funding Penn State’s transportation research program

Two and half million dollars has been granted to the Mid-Atlantic Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems.

 

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