PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 34

August 29, 2017

Bike fatalities increase 12 percent as Pittsburgh, PennDOT work to improve safety

The numbers are stark and concerning: Deaths from bicycle accidents increased 12.2 percent nationwide in 2015, the highest percentage increase in any traffic category that year and the biggest yearly increase in bike deaths in two decades.

Editorial: Bypass improvements should be worth the wait

It’s quite understandable that Berks County motorists are eager to see improvements to the stretch of Route 422 known as the West Shore Bypass.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 33

August 22, 2017

RabbitTransit seeks ride-sharing expansion options in York, surrounding counties

Rabbit Transit officials want to connect aging individuals to modern-day technology through ride-sharing apps like Uber if it’s financially prudent. A six-month pilot program conducted in York County is guiding officials to understand how best to use all available resources right at their fingertips.

Work zone crashes, deaths on the rise

Carl Antonelli knows just how dangerous road work can be. Four years ago, the PennDOT employee was struck by a car while working as a construction flagger during a roadway chipping project in Findlay, Allegheny County.

Smart to start study for user fee

The I-95 Coalition is overseeing a federally funded study featuring a 50-motorist pilot program that will monitor driving habits for three months to see how a user-fee concept — meaning tolls — may work to offset potential losses.

Transportation innovation’s crucial ingredient

For the revolution to succeed, smart regulators and thoughtful entrepreneurs will need to work together.

Pennsylvania, other states worry about life after gas tax

As more people plug in their cars, transportation planners are starting to wonder how Pennsylvania and other states will plug budget holes if gas tax revenue begins to decline. That’s the issue at the heart of a federally-funded study underway by a group called the I-95 Coalition, a transportation policy organization covering the states crossed by the interstate.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 31

August 7, 2017

Leaders discuss importance of regional transportation

Fifty-five percent of Indiana County residents who are employed commute to jobs beyond the county line. That piece of information from a discussion Thursday on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus underscores the importance of the concept of a regional transportation system and of connecting one county to another.

Legislature should create single agency for transportation

For the 10th time in 10 years, the state Turnpike Commission voted recently to raise tolls. This time it’s an average 6 percent increase.

These are the 3 things the US needs to do to stay competitive on infrastructure: Opinion

How does infrastructure in the U.S. compare to that of the rest of the world? It depends on who you ask.

Infrastructure lessons from one of the nation’s first P3s

The PA turnpike was one of the country’s first great public-private infrastructure projects, built by private contractors, financed with revenue bonds and repaid through drivers’ tolls.  We’re going to have to do something as innovative as that if we’re going to deal with the infrastructure problems we’re facing right now.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 30

August 2, 2017

Infrastructure lessons from one of the nation’s first P3s

The PA turnpike was one of the country’s first great public-private infrastructure projects, built by private contractors, financed with revenue bonds and repaid through drivers’ tolls. We’re going to have to do something as innovative as that if we’re going to deal with the infrastructure problems we’re facing right now.

Ride-sharing’s uneven effect on Pennsylvania transit agencies

Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft began operating in Pennsylvania cities in 2014, but have had divergent effects on public transit agencies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The number of people who ride buses, trains and inclines in Pittsburgh has remained fairly steady, though fewer riders seem to be taking the last buses of the night, said Adam Brandolph, spokesperson for the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Pa. speed camera bill gets boost from federal study

A proposal to bring speed cameras to Roosevelt Boulevard got a boost this week from a federal report encouraging states to approve the devices to make roads safer.

The report, issued Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, “is decisive evidence that automatic speed enforcement is a critical tool we should apply towards preventing deaths and serious injuries,” Mayor Kenney said in a statement.

Cashless turnpike tolls coming to region

Drivers who travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike through Lackawanna County and northern Luzerne County should have a quicker ride starting next spring. The turnpike commission plans to unveil cashless tolling at the toll plazas just south of the Keyser Avenue interchange in Taylor and just south of the Clarks Summit interchange in South Abington Twp. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 29

July 24, 2017

Unfair? Many states charge out-of-state E-ZPass users more for tolls

There’s an E-ZPass “border war” going on, reports the Albany Times-Union. Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine all charge higher tolls on E-ZPass users registered out-of-state than in-state, the newspaper says.

PennDOT planning a four-year, major overhaul of I-81 in Susquehanna County

PennDOT is gearing up for a major highway reconstruction project that will impact a nine mile stretch of Interstate 81.

Train stations in midstate could start to look different in coming years

A number of train stations in the midstate could start to look a little different in the coming years. PennDOT is looking to partner with private developers, and stations in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Mount Joy and Elizabethtown are on the list.

Pa. Turnpike will hike tolls for each of the next 27 years, driving away users, analyst says

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s ninth straight annual toll increase, approved by its board Tuesday, helps pay for turnpike operations, plus the highway’s $500 million annual capital budget and $450 million for mass transit systems, including SEPTA.

Barletta grieves PennDOT worker’s death

A Hazleton man’s death along Interstate 81 was mentioned by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Tuesday as he highlighted the need for stronger safety measures in highway work zones.

House panel approves transportation spending measure

The House Appropriations Committee July 17 approved, 31-20, legislation that would boost federal highway investment by $968 million in FY 2018 and cut a program that supports transit construction projects by $650 million.

Privatization plan hits turbulence; supporters still upbeat

A plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control operations has hit turbulence in the House, raising questions about whether one of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure priorities can survive.