PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 10

March 5, 2018

SEPTA attorney among nominees to Surface Transportation Board

Patrick J. Fuchs, who hails from Wisconsin, and Michelle A. Schultz of Pennsylvania, will each be nominated for a five-year term.

This 18-mile stretch of Georgia highway is a living laboratory for clean energy

In a tribute to their late father’s vision, Ray Anderson’s daughters have turned an 18-mile stretch of rural Georgia highway named after Anderson into a living laboratory for clean energy innovation.

State College company picked to help improve transit systems statewide

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that Avail Technologies Inc. has been selected to implement a Fixed Route Intelligent Transportation System (FRITS) for 32 transit systems.

Trump’s infrastructure plan may result in our biggest-ever gas tax hike

As the director of energy studies at the University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center, I’ve studied both taxes on energy and how the government leverages what it spends on infrastructure through public-private partnerships. I believe there’s a chance President Donald Trump will usher in the first federal gas tax increase in 25 years to cover the cost of new roads and bridges.

I-99/I-80 interchange in the works

Congressman Glenn Thompson, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and members of the local business community are united in their efforts to construct a high-speed interchange at I-99/I-80 in Centre County.

Could electric cars threaten the grid?

A new study soothes worries of massive power outages but points to the need for future planning to consider EVs.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 9

February 26, 2018

Gov. Wolf announces $11.5 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement in 35 municipalities

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that PennDOT will distribute nearly $11.5 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 35 municipalities statewide to fund 41 safety projects.

Rail push gains speed: Local leaders hope to expand passenger train service to Pittsburgh

Increasing rail service could help Johnstown along with other western Pennsylvania municipalities with passenger train stops – including Altoona, Greensburg, and Latrobe – become bedroom communities for Pittsburgh.

3 far-flung cities offer clues to unsnarling Manhattan’s streets

The idea translates easily into any language: Charge drivers for using congested streets and watch them change their habits. It has become an increasingly attractive tool for major metropolises overwhelmed by the traffic strangling their streets.

How could Trump’s infrastructure proposal affect southwestern PA

One displeased local Democrat is Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. He expressed frustration on Twitter over the proposed cuts in federal funding. Peduto was also upset over proposed changes to the funding formula. Cities currently receive $4 in federal funds for every $1 they offer, but Trump’s proposal means they would only receive $1 for every $4 they offer.

Wolf tries again to get state police-covered towns to pay up

There are 2,571 municipalities in Pennsylvania and yet 1,700 of them rely on the Pennsylvania State Police to provide full- or part-time police coverage. The 4,300 enlisted troopers on the force work out of 16 barracks across the commonwealth with jurisdiction over 82 percent of the state and about one-fourth (3.3 million) of the population.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 8

February 19, 2018

Trump tempts transportation cataclysm

The tunnels are at the center of the most important rail link in the U.S. – the Northeast Corridor, which generates 20 percent of our domestic product, but is now held together with sticky tape and glue.

Project to connect I-95, PA Turnpike nears major milestone

Since I-95′s completion in 1969, plans called for creating a seamless link between the interstate and the turnpike. In 2018, project engineers say, they will finally make good on the decades-old promise to make the connection and have I-95 stretch continuously from Maine to Florida.

PennDOT to tackle rural roads, locally owned bridges under Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal

Part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal would steer more money toward fixing rural, low-traffic roads and locally owned bridges, officials said.

PhilaPort infrastructure investments expecting another record year

After investing $1 billion and changing its name from the Port of Philadelphia to PhilaPort in 2017, the port had a record year for containerized cargo activity — a success the port is prepared to repeat.

PennDOT wants feedback for bicycle, pedestrian master plan

PennDOT wants public feedback to update its bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

Source: Trump endorsed 25-cent gas tax hike in White House confab

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 7

February 12, 2018

First girders for Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge due on site this week

The first steel girders for the nearly mile-long bridge that will carry Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River are due on site this week.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces 45 multimodal projects for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced funding for 45 multimodal transportation projects that will benefit 22 communities. The projects, which include highways, bridges, bike and pedestrian paths, ports and waterways, are made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Pa. budget toss-up: More spending, due largely to fixed costs, for criminal justice

Pennsylvania State Police would see a bump in state funding in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget, up $8.8 million to $260.5 million. The proposal once again includes a $25 per capita fee for municipalities that rely solely on state police coverage, which would generate $63 million and in turn help shift that burden off the Motor License Fund and onto local taxpayers. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 6

February 5, 2018

Why fewer people take public transit (hint: it’s not just Uber)

In Los Angeles, the number of bus and rail trips taken last year was the lowest in more than a decade. Over just the last five years, transit ridership has declined 15 percent. What’s behind the huge drops?

Lehigh Valley transportation expert: ‘Math does not work’ in Trump’s infrastructure plan

Transportation officials in the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere worry that projects could be put in jeopardy by a vague, emerging plan from the Trump administration that seemingly upends the long-established way federal, state and local governments pay for transportation advances.

CPI dedicates training center to Glenn O. Hawbaker

Approximately four years after it was built, Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology’s Transportation Training Center has been renamed after one of CPI’s biggest advocates. On Tuesday afternoon, CPI held a dedication ceremony to recognize this new change and unveil the building’s new namesake: the Glenn O. Hawbaker Transportation Training Center.

Report shows Pa. has second-most structurally deficient bridges

According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the state is still second in the nation when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges.

PhilaPort making solid case to attract still more cargo up Delaware River

Rebranded in 2017 as PhilaPort, the Port of Philadelphia, coming off its best year ever in terms of containerized cargo activity, is indeed ideally poised to bring more love on the part of shippers and carriers to the City of Brotherly Love.