PHIA News Digest – No. 2, Vol. 43

November 10, 2017

Trump administration working to update driverless vehicle guidance

The Trump administration is already in the process of updating its federal guidance for driverless vehicles, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday.

Road Warrior: Deer in the headlights

Deer can be many things. Majestic. Pests. Prey. King of the forest, if Disney can be trusted. But too often for Pennsylvania drivers, they’re road kill, and expensive ones at that.

Pennsylvanian opens latest CNG station under P-3 program

Pennsylvania’s Wolf administration recently announced the opening of the seventh of 29 compressed natural gas fueling stations planned as part of a statewide Public-Private Partnership (P3) project.

Cheryl Moon-Sirianni named PennDOT’s top executive in Pittsburgh region

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards has appointed Cheryl Moon-Sirianni as PennDOT’s top executive for District 11, which covers Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.

Lawmakers looking at potential PennDOT, Turnpike Commission merger

A resolution to explore a possible merger of PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is heading toward a vote in the state Senate.



PHIA News Digest – No. 2, Vol. 42

November 2, 2017

PennDOT seeks federal help funding I-99/1-80 interchange project

It’s been about a decade since the I-99/I-80 interchange project stalled due to lack of funding. Now, the state Department of Transportation is applying for a federal grant…

GOP chairman: No appetite for gas tax hike now in House

The head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Thursday that there is little appetite in the lower chamber right now for a hike in the federal gasoline…

Speeding and DUI in Pa.: They are both killers, so why do we only avoid one?

Speeding kills – almost as much as driving under the influence – and transportation officials, lawmakers and police need to take steps to reduce the number of deaths, according to…

Stroudsburg area residents concerned about I-80 expansion

PennDOT plans call for 3.5 miles of the highway to be reconstructed, widened, and reconfigured in the Stroudsburg area.

Group opposes adding speed cameras to construction zones

A new program being considered in Harrisburg could automatically lead to a ticket, an idea proponents say is meant to save lives but which some argue is nothing more than a money…



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 41

October 25, 2017

Lawmakers want details before authorizing new funding for state police

Many officials have long been concerned about an increasing reliance on state police for primary patrols without a more direct, fee-for-service type of funding mechanism.  The issue has grown more dire as the state began tapering off diversions to the state police from the state’s Motor License Fund.

PennDOT to reveal new path for thruway in Snyder County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to reveal the new location for an approximately two-mile section of the Route 15 bypass in Snyder County at a public meeting Nov. 15. Feedback will be sought at the meeting to be held at the Selinsgrove Middle School, spokesman David Thompson said.

I-95 Corridor Coalition, Delaware DOT to test mileage-based revenue project with trucks

The I-95 Corridor Coalition, in a partnership with the Delaware Department of Transportation, is leading a pilot program to assess the feasibility of generating mileage-based revenue from trucks.

Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop will launch digging in Maryland, state and company say

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) — taking a cue from the big splash, low information PR strategy of Elon Musk — tweeted Thursday that Musk’s Boring Company is going to build a Hyperloop tunnel from Baltimore to Washington.

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 40

October 16, 2017

Massive bridge over Susquehanna may not open for years after completion

The opening of a 4,545-foot bridge being built over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the Winfield area could be delayed for several years after it is completed in 2020.

Secretary pushes importance of STEM for women in transportation

For the state Department of Transportation, teaching students the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are a priority as the department continues to aim for diversity in its workforce.

Business, community leaders form coalition to push for highway projects

The Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) has been considering how to fund a a new high-speed interchange between Interstates 99 and 80 at Bellefonte as well as improvements to the two-lane stretch of Route 322 between Boalsburg and Potters Mills.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 39

October 9, 2017

Road hazard: Statistics on distracted driving ‘sobering, real’

In Pennsylvania, all drivers are prohibited from using a cellphone or other electronic device to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion. Violators face a fine of $50 plus court costs and other fees. Is the penalty enough to stop people of all ages from texting while driving?

Massive Pa Turnpike detour rescheduled for Oct. 13-16

A lengthy detour of more than an hour is being planned for the Northeastern Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Oct. 13 through 16th. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area if at all possible, or plan for an additional hour of travel time that weekend.

PA Turnpike broadband PPP paves way for connected travel

A primary purpose of the broadband network will be to expand the PTC’s cashless toll collections. It will also provide connectivity for the PTC’s administrative buildings, maintenance sheds, tolling systems, traffic cameras, electronic road signs, in addition to accommodating future applications.