PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 37

September 15, 2020

Tolls on N.J. Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and A.C. Expressway are going up

The increases, which have met with opposition in recent months as financial impacts from the pandemic continue to burden residents, will help fund construction projects.

Pa. could lose manufacturing jobs because of public transportation’s funding crisis

Public transportation’s funding crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic could cost jobs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by impacting billions in spending on goods from rail cars to construction services.

Bayfront Parkway project receives $21 million in federal BUILD grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers announced Thursday the project will receive $21 million in federal BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Grant funds.

Truck drivers ‘fearful’ of whether they’ll find open, clean facilities as they travel through Pa.

When federal and state officials began repeating the message to increase sanitation standards and hygiene care to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, at least one industry deemed essential – trucking – found itself stuck on how to do that.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 36

September 9, 2020

PennDOT accepting applications under Multimodal Transportation Fund

PennDOT today announced that applications will be accepted to fund new transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund through Nov. 6.

PA lawmakers may enact stiffer penalties for violating state traffic law

The Move Over bill makes updates to the state’s existing Steer Clear law. The bill would affect any driver who comes upon an incident that is in the road or on the side of it. The driver has to move over.

PennDOT data shows Pennsylvania roundabouts reducing fatalities, injuries and crashes

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that fatalities, injuries, and crashes decreased overall at 22 roundabouts at 19 locations after they were built, according to department data.

Inclined Plane rehab back on track

Propelled with a $500,000 Save America’s Treasures grant and resolution of a state-funding glitch, the $6.4 million rehabilitation of Johnstown Inclined Plane is back on track.

PennDOT extends expiration dates

PennDOT announced that in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts, expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents through Sept. 30.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 35

August 31, 2020

Commonwealth seeking volunteers for ‘Pick Up Pennsylvania’ litter campaign

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and PennDOT are seeking volunteers for “Pick Up Pennsylvania,” a campaign of small-group or solo litter cleanup events, Sept. 1 – Nov. 30.

PennDOT’s improvement project wish list

KDKA’s John Shumway speaks with a PennDOT executive about projects that may be in the works around the Pittsburgh area.

Traffic on toll facilities up from April but still down from last year

Five months ago, a national emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, keeping people home and dramatically decreasing traffic. A recent report shows that since then, traffic is up but still down compared to a year ago.

PennDOT asking high schoolers to help figure out how to raise revenue

PennDOT is turning to the youth in the state to help come with ideas to raise revenue. With vehicles becoming more fuel efficient and electric vehicles becoming more affordable, gasoline-based revenues can no longer generate the funds needed.

California foundation pushing for Pennsylvania to lease toll roads to private operators

With transportation agencies struggling financially due to the sharply reduced traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reason Foundation is bringing back an old idea: leasing operation and maintenance of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 34

August 24, 2020

The road to a COVID-19 recovery has to include transit funding

Despite essential employees depending on these agencies for transportation, the pandemic has cost transit agencies millions of dollars in lower ridership. Because there are also less drivers on the roads, tolls paid by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that are supposed to help pay for Pennsylvania’s public transit systems are under threat as well.

PennDOT earns regional awards for operations excellence

PennDOT recently received regional America’s Transportation Awards for operational excellence and best use of technology. The department’s operational excellence award was for the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Program and the best use of technology award was for the Shaler Street Bridge Replacement.

How your commute will get worse if the state yanks SEPTA funding

SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards told the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee Wednesday that a handful of transit services would vanish in the next decade if the authority can’t secure its usual funding from Harrisburg — now in jeopardy amid the pandemic-induced state budget crisis.

PennDOT gets green light for more roadwork in Philly region

PennDOT’s regional office has received the green light to embark on several major highway reconstruction projects in the Philadelphia area in the coming years.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 33

August 17, 2020

PennDOT needs volunteers to test mileage-based tax

PennDOT is looking for drivers to help test a mileage-based taxing program to replace motor fuels taxes, a declining source of revenue due to efficient vehicles, hybrids and COVID-19.

State Transportation Commission adopts updated 12-Year Transportation Program

The State Transportation Commission has updated the 12-Year Program. The new plan anticipates $64.8 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.

‘We’re back in business,’ Northumberland mayor says after completion of road project

The three-year, $14 million Duke Street project was completed Monday.

Penske opens electric vehicle charging stations

Penske Truck Leasing, a Reading-based transportation services provider, recently opened its sixth heavy-duty electric vehicle charging station in Southern California.

Concrete deck on highway bridge across Susquehanna River is completed

The concrete deck for the nearly mile-long Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge across the West Branch Susquehanna River is finished.