PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 36

September 9, 2019

Pa. Turnpike installing fiber optic system, to lease extra capacity

The turnpike is moving on its own to install a fiber-optic communication system in the eastern part of the state to meet its internal needs. But the turnpike hasn’t given up on the idea of generating revenue from the system and is designing it with extra space that it will solicit private operators to lease.

The Road Warrior’s first pretend vehicle miles traveled bill arrived. It had a small surprise.

As faithful readers may recall, I volunteered to participate in a study examining a mileage-based user fee. Several states have talked about moving away from a gas tax to this model, which bills drivers for how many miles they travel instead of how much gas they consume.

Rejoice! PennDOT officially raises Route 222 speed limit

The bypass opened in April 2004, and drivers have been grumbling about the speed limit pretty much since then. With its wide lanes, clear sight lines and a shoulder, drivers argued that the 45 mph speed limit was too low.

Paying Pa. Turnpike tolls? There will be an app for that soon

Drivers could soon pay Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls using a smartphone app. The launch of the app is expected later this year

Concrete poured for Central Susquehanna River Thruway bridge’s first deck

The first deck concrete was poured Wednesday, said Ted Deptula, an assistant construction engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 35

September 3, 2019

Law enforcement should have privacy standards for automated license plate reader systems

One of our most cherished and important liberties as American citizens is our right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizure by the government, which is outlined in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

PennDOT enhances 511PA for Labor Day, Penn State football travel planning

PennDOT is encouraging motorists to visit the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at www.511PA.com to plan optimal travel times on major roadways across the state this Labor Day weekend. New this year, 511PA will also include travel information for every Penn State home football game, beginning with this Saturday’s game against the Idaho Vandals.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 34

August 26, 2019

6 transportation goals Congress should be thinking about

Too often, the debate over transportation funding in Congress revolves around dollars and cents. But many advocates say we should agree on big goals first, so we know what we’re getting for the money we spend.

Report ranks Pa. 35th in highway performance and cost-effectiveness

Pennsylvania’s highway system ranks 35th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. This is a six-spot increase from the previous report, where Pennsylvania ranked 41st overall.

Rep. Fred Keller visits PA-12 transportation facilities

In an effort to better understand where state infrastructure can be improved and how local communities are working to make improvements, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, spent Tuesday afternoon touring Centre County transportation facilities.

SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel to retire, PennDOT secretary eyed as replacement

Multiple high-level sources inside the agency said that PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards is being seriously considered as the next GM. Busch said the SEPTA board has not selected a final candidate, much less met to vote on a replacement.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 33

August 19, 2019

PennDOT didn’t send savings from registration stickers to law enforcement: Here’s why

PennDOT officials said in 2016 that the department might use the savings from eliminating license plate stickers to fund expensive cameras for police departments. That never happened.

Police split over necessity of bringing registration stickers back to Pa. license plates

Police in Pennsylvania are divided as to whether registration stickers should be brought back to license plates.

House panel hears concerns for PA vehicle registration

The committee heard testimony on two bills that address issues stemming from the implementation of the no-sticker requirement in late 2016.

License plate readers gain support for crime-fighting, but bill would address privacy concerns

Rothman has introduced a bill that would regulate how both ALPRs and the data they collect are used. He says the bill wouldn’t only help law enforcement but could also protect Pennsylvanian’s privacy.

Lawmakers might bring back license plate stickers with a new twist

The state House Transportation Committee is considering a bill to reinstate those little vehicle registration stickers on Pennsylvania license plates.

U.S. appeals court hands truckers defeat in Pa. Turnpike toll suit

High tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike do not violate the right of truckers and other motorists to travel between states, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, upholding a lower-court dismissal of a lawsuit against state agencies and officials.

How Pa. transportation secretary is shifting the infrastructure conversation

Secretary Leslie Richards is trying to re-engineer the engineering process by making community engagement a top priority.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 32

August 12, 2019

Storms, floods cause $1.2B damage to public infrastructure

The Associated Press tallied about $1.2 billion of damage in 24 states based on preliminary assessments of public infrastructure categories established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The tally includes damage to roads and bridges, utilities, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, and parks.

PennDOT has plans for Lancaster County spot notorious for congestion

There is a $40-million plan to ease congestion in Lancaster County. PennDOT plans to add lanes and make a stretch of Route 222 in Manheim Township a six-lane highway. PennDOT hopes to ease congestion where Routes 30 meets 222.

Uber and Lyft suggest the days of cheap rides could be over

THE DAYS OF cheap ride-hailing may be ending. Uber and Lyft reported quarterly financial results this week and indicated that their cutthroat competition to woo riders with coupons and other gambits is easing.

A wider Route 22 is still a priority, despite $380M cut to Lehigh Valley transportation

The futures of many local transportation projects are uncertain after PennDOT’s announcement last month that $380 million will be cut from long-range Lehigh Valley transportation projects. One project seems sure to stay: The planned widening of Route 22.

State hoping Restore Pennsylvania gets funding to fix rural roads

Two administrators from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation came to the PennDOT Stockpile off Route 99 in Cambridge Township on Monday to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s infrastructure, could improve roads across the county and region.