PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 22

June 4, 2018

Feds should step up

PennDOT contractors have been making tremendous headway in repairing a landslide along Route 30 in East Pittsburgh, and we hope state and federal disaster officials come through in equally fine fashion to help pay for the region’s many landslides.

Seniors making transition to the SEPTA key

With thousands of seniors moving to the future of fare payment with the SEPTA Key Senior Photo Identification Card, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will phase-out the paper PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Card at the end of the service day on Aug. 31.

$11.7M reconstruction set of Business Route 422 in Berks County

PennDOT has announced that work is scheduled to begin Monday, June, 4 to reconstruct Perkiomen Avenue/Business Route 422 in the City of Reading, Mt. Penn and St. Lawrence boroughs and Exeter Township.

Casey: Trump lacks urgency for infrastructure funding

Sen. Bob Casey on Thursday said he’s disappointed with President Donald Trump’s inaction on infrastructure funding, especially because Casey for years has been working across the aisle with Republicans on the issue.

Will self-driving vehicles finally bring broadband to rural America?

Autonomous vehicles will need ubiquitous connectivity, and there’s a role for government and industry to finally make it happen. Read more


PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 21

May 30, 2018

Part of Port Authority’s state subsidy could be in jeopardy

The Pennsylvania Turnpike may not be able to make its quarterly $112.5 million payment in July to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for public transit due to a pending lawsuit filed by truckers who are challenging the payments.

What’s killing people on central Pa. roads? 2017 fatality stats revealed

In Dauphin County, fatal crashes killed nearly twice as many victims as homicides yet deaths on the roads don’t always command the same public attention.

Wolf says $180M will fill potholes, fix other winter effects

Pennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter.

Bill Peduto skeptical of Uber’s plans to resume autonomous-vehicle testing

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was an early champion of Uber moving to Pittsburgh, and then of Uber testing autonomous vehicles here. When Uber balked at working with city officials on a federal transit-grant application in 2016, things started to go downhill.

Pennsylvania offers funding for alternative fuels, vehicles

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it is accepting applications for its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

Uber aims to restart self-driving car tests in Pittsburgh this summer

Uber plans to resume testing its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this summer.

America’s boulevards of death

Across the country, the number of people who died while walking increased by nearly 50 percent from 2009 to 2016, from just over 4,000 to almost 6,000, at a time when traffic fatalities declined in many of our peer countries, including Britain and Canada.




PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 20

May 21, 2018

Trillium opens its third public CNG location in Lawrence County

Trillium, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and New Castle Transit Authority celebrated the opening of the commonwealth’s newest compressed natural gas fueling station in New Castle.

Transit leaders: Lack of funding leads to negative economic consequences

A new report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) warns that decades of under-investment has had a negative effect on the economy, resulting in lost jobs and declining business revenue.

Bikes vs. cars vs. pedestrians: How Philly can win the transportation culture war

What can be done to prevent tragedies like the loss of Pablo Avendano and the nearly hundred other individuals who die on Philadelphia’s streets and sidewalks each year?

Congress needs to pass a bill to fix transportation and infrastructure: Ray LaHood

Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell discuss what the government needs to do to rebuild and modernize infrastructure in the United States.

Failure to restore and modernize U.S. public transit results in a loss of $340 billion

Decades of under investment in America’s aging bus and rail public transit infrastructure has a negative effect on business revenue, and results in lost jobs and wages, according to a new study from the American Public Transportation Association.

PA Turnpike cracks down on $17 million in unpaid tolls

The Turnpike Commission has launched the first 19 criminal prosecutions against drivers across the state who have failed to pay.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 18

May 7, 2018

Learning curve does not squelch Bath’s faith in state police coverage

State Police trooper will protect the borough starting July 1. The borough, which is home to about 2,700 people, opted out of their agreement with the Colonial Regional Police Department last year as they are unable to afford membership.

Our view: Luzerne County should OK $5 fee, but not as long-term fix

We feel that lawmakers should move ahead with the $5 plan, but only for one year, while the state match is available. They should include a very clear sunset provision so that this $5 fee doesn’t linger on into perpetuity, long after most people have forgotten about it.

As transit agencies inch toward electric buses, environmental groups want more progress

Environmental advocates in Pennsylvania want to see a faster switch to electric buses to help eliminate emissions that can worsen asthma and cause other health problems.

House considered speed camera bill in Pennsylvania

In 2013, Latanya Byrd’s 27-year-old niece Samara and her three children were hit and killed while crossing the street in Philadelphia. This is why Byrd joined others at the State Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 172.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 17

April 30, 2018

Today is the last day SEPTA will sell tokens to most riders

Philadelphia is the last big American city that still uses tokens on transit, but Monday marks the last day SEPTA will sell the coins to most riders (with a few exceptions).

Large road, bridge construction season looms

State transportation officials unveiled a $464 million summer road and bridge construction program Monday for six Northeast Pennsylvania counties that will affect 626 miles of roads and 83 bridges.

PennDOT using recycled materials to improve rural roads

PennDOT is renewing its commitment to fixing rural roads across northeastern Pennsylvania. Just one day after Earth Day, PennDOT announced it is trying to be more environmentally conscious by expanding its “Recycled Asphalt Paving” program, or RAP, for short. Crews will be using ground up pavement from other road projects, making them useful again for rural roads across the region.


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