PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 14

April 1, 2024

Baltimore Key Bridge collapse could impact Philly port

The Baltimore port is now inaccessible, meaning nearby ports need to absorb the traffic.

PennDOT offers support to Maryland amid Baltimore bridge collapse

Pennsylvania’s top officials are now also speaking out. Newswatch 16 met up with PennDOT Secretary of Transportation Mike Carroll at an event in Berwick.

Mayor Parker, Philly port pledge support for Baltimore after bridge collapse

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker and the Port of Philadelphia said Tuesday the city will provide support as needed to assist in Baltimore’s recovery from the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which was struck overnight by a cargo ship that lost control due to a suspected power failure.

‘It is not going to be simple,’ transportation secretary says of Baltimore bridge rebuild

Discussions about rebuilding the Francis Scott Key Bridge were underway Wednesday, just one day after a cargo ship crashed into the structure.

PennDOT accepting unsolicited Public-Private Partnership proposals

The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects, infrastructure and services. During this period, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports. Proposals can also include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs. Unsolicited proposals will be accepted through 11:59 PM on April 30.

Pa. sees 45% increase in EVs

Pennsylvania has seen dramatic growth in electric vehicle ownership, with a 45% rise compared to a year ago as state and federal funds drive the buildout of public charging stations on its main highways.

States see transportation funding threats from EVs and hybrids

States may eventually be forced to overhaul the way they pay for road construction and maintenance. But when and how they can do that remain open questions.

PennDOT-backed study ID’s 5 potential routes for Lehigh Valley passenger rail restoration

It presents five potential routes that could be used for restoring passenger rail service to Allentown – two would connect to New York City via NJ Transit, two would connect to Philadelphia via SEPTA and the fifth would connect to Reading, assuming a future Reading-Philadelphia connection is also established.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 13

March 25, 2024

Transportation funding and eviction reform pass the Pa. House

In its first session week of 2024, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed bills on transportation funding, eviction reform, and tuition savings accounts. The bills now advance to the state Senate, but not all will cross the finish line.

Shapiro plan to boost mass transit aid passes Pa. House

The bill would deliver an increase of about 20% in state aid to public transportation systems, proposed by the Democratic governor in his budget plan earlier this year. However, the bill faces long odds in the Republican-controlled Senate, with Republicans protesting the amount of the funding increase and objecting to procedures that House Democrats used to pass the bill.

Drivers await faster chargers as federal rollout lags

When Raphael Boateng leaves his home in West Chester for his 32-mile commute to GE HealthCare in Center City, he knows he may have to pay for both parking and to recharge his Tesla Model Y before he gets to the office.

NTSB releases final report on collapse of Fern Hollow Bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report Friday on the 2022 collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge. The report comes a month after the agency held a hearing where it said it found major shortcomings in the way the city of Pittsburgh maintains and repairs bridges, and also serious problems with PennDOT’s bridge inspection program.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 12

March 18, 2024

Shapiro administration shares resources for visitors, motorists ahead of eclipse

In advance of the solar eclipse that will darken skies across all of Pennsylvania on April 8, PennDOT, the PA Emergency Management Agency, the PA State Police, PA Turnpike Commission and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are advising residents to plan ahead, especially those living in or traveling to the northwest region.

PA governor calls on counties to increase SEPTA funding

In his proposed budget, the Democratic governor, a former Montgomery County commissioner, called for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties to contribute more for the regional public transit system.

Biden announces over $3 billion to reconnect communities; includes Philly project

The Chinatown Stitch in Philadelphia is receiving $159 million to construct a cap over the Vine Street Expressway in Chinatown, which has been home to a Chinese-American immigrant community since the mid-1800s. The expressway was constructed in the late 1980s and 1990s, demolishing significant portions of the neighborhood and displacing residents and businesses.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 11

March 11, 2024

Speed-monitoring cameras are making Pa. highway work zones safer

The strategic placement of speed-monitoring cameras along Pennsylvania highways helped to reduce speeding and crashes in work zones over the course of a five-year pilot program by PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

PennDOT modifies completion schedule for central Pa. thruway project

The mainline still is expected to open in late 2027 as previously announced, but the Route 61 connecter into Sunbury will not be finished until the following year.

Largest vessel to ever visit U.S. East Coast arrives in Philly

The largest cargo ship to ever visit America’s east coast pulled into the Port of Philadelphia on Friday morning, hauling millions in goods.

I-83 South Bridge project takes big step forward

PennDOT’s billion-dollar plan to replace the aging I-83 John Harris Memorial (South) Bridge connecting Harrisburg with the West Shore can move forward. The Federal Highway Administration found no significant environmental impact in reviewing PennDOT’s assessment, which included public input.

LANTA, other smaller Pa. transit services would get boost under Shapiro plan

The $283 million boost in transit funding proposed in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget would benefit every county in Pennsylvania, Transportation Secretary Mike Carroll told state House lawmakers Monday.

PennDOT, PA Turnpike announce restart of Work Zone Speed Camera Program

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, in partnership with the Pennsylvania State Police, today restarted enforcement of the statewide Work Zone Speed Safety Camera program.

NTSB investigating Norfolk Southern train crash in Northampton County

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the Norfolk Southern train derailment near Easton, Pennsylvania, from Saturday. They arrived at the scene Saturday afternoon and plan to release a preliminary report in three weeks, the NTSB said.

$467M in liquid fuels funds awarded to maintain municipalities’ roadways

PennDOT announced its investment of $467.2 million in liquid fuels payments to help municipalities across the Commonwealth maintain their roads and bridges. The annual distributions assist with municipalities’ highway and bridge-related expenses, such as snow removal and road repaving.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 10

March 4, 2024

Leaders consider widening Turnpike between Pittsburgh, Irwin interchanges

Widening the Pennsylvania Turnpike to six lanes from its current four lanes between the Pittsburgh and Irwin interchanges is a big, expensive project – estimated at $300 million.

Driverless van picks up passengers at Philadelphia Navy Yard

History was made at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Tuesday as a brand-new driverless shuttle began picking up passengers. The all-electric and zero-emission vehicle was added to the shuttle service already at the Navy Yard. Officials at the Navy Yard said it’s the first driverless shuttle ever in the state of Pennsylvania.

Revenue Department releases February collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $235.6 million for the month, $3.4 million above estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $2.0 billion, which is $14.4 million, or 0.7 percent, above estimate.