PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 43

October 29, 2018

PennDOT continues transit subsidies without $112.5 million payment from turnpike

Despite not receiving a $112.5 million payment from the Pennsylvania Turnpike for second quarter in a row, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Thursday it will continue to support transit agencies across the state.

Former Gov. Tom Corbett reflects on his administration’s accomplishments at portrait unveiling

Transportation funding was among the accomplishments cited by former Gov. Tom Corbett as he returned to the state Capitol for the unveiling of his official portrait.

The human side of work zone safety

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law an automated speed enforcement measure that we believe will help protect highway construction workers. We wanted to recognize APC members Stacy and Jay Chatley, of Established Traffic Control, whose tragedy 11 years ago helped to frame the human side of the issue.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 42

October 22, 2018

Gov. Wolf signs construction zone speed cameras bill

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill today which creates a five-year pilot project to place speed cameras in some highway construction zones. The bill is aimed at protecting highway construction workers from speeding motorists.

Addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation needs

Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary came to Luzerne County Thursday to talk about the status of the Commonwealth’s transportation system. Secretary Leslie Richards met with members of a group called “NEPA Moves.”

I-99 road work nearing completion

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said on Thursday that work on a 3-mile stretch of Interstate 99 is expected to conclude by the night of Thursday, Oct. 25.

Rafferty Wins Transit Award

State Sen. John Rafferty Jr., the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, has been awarded the American Public Transportation Association’s 2018 State Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of the senator’s leadership in the passage of Act 89 of 2013.

PennDOT unveils latest I83 improvement project plans

PennDOT hosted an open house Thursday to reveal additional stages of its I-83 East Shore improvement plan.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 41

October 15, 2018

First criminal charges over delinquent Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls filed in Allegheny County

The first criminal charges have been filed in Allegheny County by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission since announcing their efforts to collect delinquent tolls. The commission has been working with district attorneys across the commonwealth for over a year, going after those who owe the most first.

State to invest $2.7M in Erie Western PA Port Authority

The state plans to invest $2.7 million in the Erie Western PA Port Authority as a way to spur economic development through the Port of Erie, Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced.

Lyft and Uber help patients make It to medical appointments

On-demand, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are playing a growing role in nonemergency medical transportation. Health care providers, insurers and others are working with these services to make better use of their resources and reduce transportation frustration for patients.

Self-driving car startup Aurora becomes Pennsylvania’s first ‘authorized’ tester

Aurora, the buzzy self-driving car startup, has become the first company officially authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test its vehicles on public roads.

Here’s how Philly hopes to improve transportation in the next seven years

Philadelphia released a transportation plan Wednesday that outlines the city’s goals for street safety and transportation for the next seven years.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 40

October 9, 2018

Wolf announces funding for 42 multimodal projects

Governor Tom Wolf announced that 42 highway, bridge, transit, ports and waterways, and bike and pedestrian projects will be in line for $49 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Work zone cameras are coming to Pa. to enforce lower speed limits

The Senate on Tuesday voted 47-1 to pass a bill that permits automated speed enforcement cameras in work zones on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, interstates, and other “federal aid” highways in a five-year pilot project.

PennDOT puts out call for public-private partnership proposals

PennDOT put out a call this week for unsolicited proposals for public-private partnerships, or P3s, for transportation and infrastructure projects.

PennDOT announces $65 million Route 61 reconstruction project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Tuesday a major reconstruction project of state Route 61 that will include road improvements between Frackville and Saint Clair.

Editorial | We must keep the passenger rail expansion concept rolling

The crucial mission of expanding passenger rail service across western Pennsylvania requires vision and collaboration at all levels of government and economic development – with the Johnstown area at the heart of this regional issue.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 39

October 1, 2018

AAA: New Jersey gas tax hike spells bigger business at Delaware, Pennsylvania pumps

A gas tax increase instituted in New Jersey in 2016 translated to a noticeable change in gas-buying habits for neighboring states, according to data released Thursday by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

PennDOT data shows roundabouts improving safety, reducing crashes

PennDOT announced Thursday that according to department data, crashes, injuries, and fatalities decreased at 11 roundabouts after they were installed.

PennDOT to study passenger rail between Altoona, Pittsburgh

PennDOT will examine the feasibility of providing passenger-rail service between Altoona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced.

Pennsylvania gets another extension on REAL ID program

Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver’s licenses and photo ID cards to meet anti-terrorism standards. Read more