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.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 5

January 30, 2018

Regional transit key to economic progress

The availability of a good job means little if the worker cannot get to that job.

PhilaPort moves quickly to accommodate surge in cargo

As the port’s $392 million main channel deepening project approaches completion, cargo volumes in the Port of Philadelphia are surging. In 2017, container cargoes grew by 19 percent, leading all ports on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. The growth is especially significant since the port is busy implementing its $300 million capital improvement plan.

Mayors skeptical of Trump infrastructure plan

When big-city mayors met in Washington last week, one of their primary messages regarding infrastructure was that the federal government should send new money directly to cities, rather than through states. The Trump administration seems open to the idea.

SEPTA approves King of Prussia extension

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on Thursday approved the Norristown High-Speed Line extension that would provide direct service to King of Prussia Mall. The extension would give passengers a faster link between King of Prussia, Center City and University City.

Leaked Trump infrastructure plan would put onus on states

The Trump administration has hinted for months that its long-awaited infrastructure plan would lean heavily on new spending by states, local governments and the private sector. On Monday, a leaked outline of that plan seems to confirm that the federal government would take a back seat in funding its own infrastructure initiative.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 4

January 22, 2018

After 61 years, Interstate 95 is almost complete

Interstate 95, the country’s most used highway, will finally run as one continuous road between Miami and Maine by the late summer. The interstate’s infamous “gap” on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border will be closed, turning I-95 into an unbroken river of concrete more than 1,900 miles long.

Wolf administration announces investments to improve nine airports

Nine airports across the Commonwealth are making safety and equipment upgrades with the help of nearly $2.4 million in state investment funds.

More states turning to toll roads to raise cash

Several states are opening new toll roads this year and rates on many existing turnpikes and tollways are going up.

PennDOT relies on towns for plowing help. And is paying them more for it

It’s not often a state agency says it should be paying more for a service. But when it comes to fighting snow and ice, PennDOT this year gave handsome raises to 94 municipalities in the region.

With gas taxes in peril, more states study alternatives

After more than a decade of watching Oregon and a handful of other states test alternatives to traditional gasoline taxes, more states, with the help of federal money, are now joining the quest.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 3

January 16, 2018

CSVT progressing

The northern section of the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project will continue to take shape this year as work on the roadway speeds along throughout 2018.

Editorial: Despite hiccup, bridge program good for Pa.

The original plan called for the work to be complete in August 2018, but Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners agreed to speed up the work and finish in 2017, according to PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick. But as the calendar turned, 390 bridges had been completed, leaving 168 still to be completed.

Road Warrior: PennDOT retrofitting bridges with same flaw that shut down Delaware River Bridge

PennDOT is taking pre-emptive steps to fix bridges with the same flaw that shut down a major bridge over the Delaware River last year.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 2

January 8, 2018

RabbitTransit will manage CAT by month’s end

RabbitTransit will provide management services to Capital Area Transit come the end of January, under an agreement approved today by CAT’s board. York-based RabbitTransit will provide administrative functions to CAT, which is joint operation of Dauphin and Cumberland counties, and the City of Harrisburg.

5 questions for autonomous car pioneer Chris Urmson

After leaving a leadership post at Google’s autonomous car unit, Chris Urmson and two other self-driving vehicle pioneers are back in the race with a new company that will rival their former employers.

Rail industry warned of brake-system deadline

The Trump administration has fired a warning shot to the nation’s railroads, saying it plans to hold them to a December deadline to install an automatic braking system that might have prevented last month’s fatal Amtrak accident in Washington, the Philadelphia derailment that killed eight passengers in 2015 and scores of other train wrecks.

Audit to examine impact of toll hikes on Pennsylvania Turnpike traffic, revenue

The state auditor general’s office will conduct a performance audit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in light of concerns that annual toll hikes will cause traffic to decline and generate less money for important construction projects. Read more

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