PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 38

September 19, 2022

PennDOT gives options for U.S. 322 corridor in State College

PennDOT has identified the three routes it believes should move forward for further study as part of a major highway project in rural Centre County.

PennDOT resumes reviews for bridge replacement projects

PennDOT announced it has resumed planning work and federal environmental reviews for six bridge replacement projects proposed as part of the Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership.

Wolf announces $25.4 million for EV infrastructure

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the Biden administration has awarded Pennsylvania $25.4 million to invest in clean transportation through the state’s plan for electric vehicle infrastructure deployment. Pennsylvania is one of the first states in the nation to be approved for this first round of funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Changes proposed for specialty Pa. license plates

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would generate money for the Motor License Fund by giving residents the option to purchase specialty license plates. The House passed the bill 118-83 largely along party lines with a handful of representatives crossing over both sides.

PennDOT phasing in new driver’s license design

PennDOT is phasing in newly-designed driver’s licenses with enhanced security features.

PennDOT accepting Transportation Improvement Project applications

PennDOT announced that applications will be accepted through Nov. 14 to fund transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 37

September 12, 2022

Pa. Turnpike explores electrified road services

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is jumping into solar energy production to power its maintenance and office buildings with a long-term goal: using solar-generated power to electrify portions of the toll road so electric vehicles can charge as they travel.

DEP announces bigger rebates for electric vehicles

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced it’s offering bigger consumer rebates for electric vehicles, with a focus on working-class households, and providing $3.4 million in Pennsylvania Volkswagen settlement funds for installation of 54 DC fast chargers in 16 locations in major traffic corridors.

Auditor general releases audit of Turnpike Commission

Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor released a performance audit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which found it continues to face significant challenges to meet its financial obligations putting the burden on travelers.

Pgh. Regional Transit pledges to eliminate tailpipe emissions by 2045

Allegheny County’s public transportation agency, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, announced Wednesday that it will completely replace its diesel fleet with greener buses by 2045. It plans to ramp up its investment in zero-tailpipe emissions buses in the next three years, with the goal of purchasing only the cleaner buses after 2032.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 36

September 6, 2022

PA may change procurement rules for major projects

For some major transportation projects, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering a rule change to choose contractors based on the best quality bid, rather than the lowest cost. House Bill 2747 would allow a Design Build-Best Value Procurement method for certain projects, rather than the current sealed bid method that prioritizes lowest cost. Supporters framed it as focusing on value instead of price.

Pa. lawmakers considering ’90 days or free’ law for PennDOT

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a law that would require PennDOT to process paperwork in 90 days or else the “job is free.” On Sept. 1 a public hearing will be held for House Bill 2638, which was referred to the House Transportation Committee on June 1.

Revenue Department releases August collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $239.7 million for the month, $25.3 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 $480.6 million, which is $24.7 million, or 4.9 percent, below estimate.

Philadelphia plans for a transit revolution

Three planning initiatives are pushing forward the vision put forth in the SEPTA Forward strategic plan — Reimagining Regional Rail, the Bus Revolution, and the Trolley Modernization project.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 35

August 29, 2022

Pa. license plate frame enough for police to pull you over, court rules

A state appellate court ruling affirmed the right of police officers to stop drivers if any part of their license plate is obscured. That doesn’t just include the unique combination of letters and numbers that make up a person’s license plate — but any lettering — including the visitpa.com URL — or, for that matter, the paint around it.

How to pay for Pa.’s bridges? An open question

The defeat of PennDOT’s plan to toll bridges across the Commonwealth ended one transportation battle, but it did not solve another question: how to pay for transportation infrastructure. The Senate Transportation Committee met on Wednesday to learn more about the issue.

Best states for infrastructure

The condition of infrastructure is key to evaluating the quality of life for any state’s citizens. While the U.S. is among the top nations for education, entrepreneurship and quality of life, it lags behind in infrastructure, earning a C- in the American Society of Civil Engineers 2021 Infrastructure Report Card.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 34

August 22, 2022

Pa. State Transportation Commission updates 12-Year Program

Pennsylvania’s State Transportation Commission has updated the 12-Year Program. A total of $84 billion is anticipated to be available over the next 12 years and will go toward roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.

Public hearing on Act 84 and improving Pa. major bridges

Senate Transportation Committee
Wednesday, August 24, 1 p.m.
Southwestern PA Commission
112 Washington Place, 4th Floor, South Room
Pittsburgh, PA

PennDOT offers second chance to drivers facing suspension

PennDOT announced that select drivers facing a suspension due to accumulation of points on their driving records or for a conviction of excessive speeding now have a chance at redemption through successfully completing the newly-instituted Driver Improvement School.

Counties with the most super commuters in Pa.

There are more than 283 million vehicles on the road in the United States, and many of those cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles are used to ferry people to and from their homes and jobs during their daily commutes.

New Pa. law authorizes truck weigh system

Pennsylvania recently became the 48th state to adopt a truck weigh system. Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill to direct PennDOT to establish an electronic weigh station bypass system for trucks moving across the state.

Pa. to open facility addressing traffic incident management

Three Pennsylvania agencies recently announced plans to open a facility assisting emergency responders, transportation technology companies, and research institutions while supporting the local economy.

Roosevelt Boulevard anti-speeding program a success

According to data released by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, in the first seven months of its implementation, Automated Speed Enforcement helped reduce traffic fatalities occurring on Roosevelt Boulevard by an approximate 50%.