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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 23

June 8, 2020

PA Turnpike to lay off hundreds of toll collectors

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Tuesday it will lay off 500 fare collectors and other toll workers and make the cashless tolling system permanent. The turnpike switched to all-electronic tolling in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AFL-CIO calls layoff of PA Turnpike employees during pandemic ‘an extraordinary blow’

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO blasted the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for its decision Tuesday to switch immediately and permanently to a cashless toll system and lay off about 500 toll collection and office workers who process collection receipts.

Legislation would require turnpike commission to maintain beltway projects

Legislation recently introduced in the House would require the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to construct, operate, and maintain the Southern Beltway Projects.

PennDOT centers to resume driver’s skills tests

PennDOT has announced that beginning June 2, 2020, driver’s skills test, including motorcycle skills test, will resume at reopened Driver License Centers. Customers whose driver’s skills tests were canceled due to the COVID-19 emergency will be given priority in rescheduling skills tests by contacting the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services Call Center at 717-412-5300. All other customers will be able to schedule a skills tests in the appointment system beginning June 20, 2020.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 22

June 1, 2020

PennDOT announces additional drivers’ license and photo centers will open Friday in yellow phase counties

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that additional drivers’ license and photo centers in counties that moved to the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation will reopen Friday.

PennDOT again extends expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards

The extension applies to driver’s licenses, identification cards, land earner’s permits and camera cards that were set to expire between March 16 and June 30, PennDOT announced Wednesday. Those items are now good through June 30.

Tolling agencies delaying capital projects due to decline in revenue

Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, noted that his organization plans to reduce capital investments by 24% and focus what remains on maintaining its 552-mile system, not expanding it to improve performance.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 21

May 26, 2020

Speeds of 100 mph or more, not congestion, are the concern for Memorial Day weekend traffic

Transportation officials are not worried about too many cars on the roads for the holiday weekend, but how fast drivers are going, and have been traveling, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government groups launch truck parking survey

Truck parking challenges in the Northeast amid the coronavirus pandemic — due in part to shipment type or route changes — are being surveyed by a group of 13 transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations.

PA Turnpike facing financial burden amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

As the COVID-19 pandemic affects almost every type of business, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is not being spared. Turnpike officials said they have been hit financially just like everyone else, and there’s no telling how they will bounce back.

PennDOT filling pent-up demand at driver’s license centers

Although she turned 16 in April, the closure of non-essential businesses due to COVID-19 meant that Laina Whipkey was barred from going to a PennDOT driver’s license center to test for her driver’s permit.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 20

May 18, 2020

Report: Highway fatalities reach new low in 2019, PennDOT officials say

PennDOT officials announced Thursday that the state total of highway fatalities reached an all time low in 2019, dropping to 1,059 total fatalities.

Representatives urging study on impact of electric cars

State Reps. Liz Hanbidge (D-Montgomery) and Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) are urging a study of the impact of electric vehicles in Pennsylvania.

Pandemic put $1 billion hole in Pennsylvania’s transportation budget

PennDOT is delaying new construction and downgrading resurfacing to patching and sealing as state highway workers return to work after a seven-week coronavirus pandemic shutdown.

PennDOT to use existing photos for drivers license, identification card renewals

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, PennDOT says it will use existing photos on file for customers renewing their driver’s license and identification cards.

PennDOT extends deadlines for vehicle registrations, inspections

PennDOT announced Tuesday that expiration dates for vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts, according to a press release.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 19

May 11, 2020

Feds OK I-83 widening project

The Federal Highway Administration has signed off on an Interstate 83 widening project that could displace nearly 100 York County homeowners and businesses. The project, covering roughly 5 miles of the I-83 corridor from Exit 19 to Exit 22 — Market Street to North George Street — received FHA approval April 20 based on an environmental and engineering assessment conducted in August.

With April revenue down 30 percent, PennDOT counting on federal aid

The fate of PennDOT’s operations lies in whether the department receives a chunk of federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

PennDOT makes changes for drivers during pandemic

PennDOT advises drivers to not worry about renewing licenses if they have expired during the stay at home order. Any licenses or ID’s that have expired from March 16th to May 31st will be valid until June 30.

Bridges connecting Pa., New Jersey to collect cash again

Drivers making the trip over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania will soon be able to use cash again on four bridges. Starting Monday, May 11, at 6 a.m. the Delaware River Port Authority will begin taking cash payments again for tolls on the Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Commodore Barry and Walt Whitman bridges, connecting South Jersey with Philadelphia and Delaware County, the DRPA announced Wednesday.

PennDOT says $800M in federal aid needed to keep non-critical projects rolling

Facing a drop in gas tax revenue from fewer motorists driving at a time when the Pennsylvania Turnpike won’t turn over more than $100 million due in July, PennDOT might delay noncritical bridge and highway projects if the state does not get $700 million to $800 million in covid-19 federal aid this summer, agency officials said Tuesday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary says CARES Act has ‘done a great deal’ for state

In an interview seen only on KDKA, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao was asked if her Department was doing enough to help this region. Chao insists the CARES Act is helping local agencies.

PennDOT implementing COVID-19 guidelines as projects reopen

When work resumes on the Upper Bridge section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway on Monday, all contract workers will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines as required by a safety plan submitted by the contractor, and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.