PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 37

September 25, 2017

Route 219 extension set to open summer 2018

Construction crews are paving the way for drivers in Somerset County. The 11-mile Route 219 extension will connect Somerset to Meyersdale. The four-lane highway features six new bridges.

PA state budget woes may affect Pittsburgh’s bus system

The latest attempt to fund the state, which was passed by the PA House of Representatives, has the Port Authority warning of drastic consequences which would affect Pittsburgh residents and Duquesne students. The PA Senate voted on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to send the bill back to the House.

Pa. budget impasse leads to credit downgrade

When it returned to the Capitol last week, the House instead passed a no-new-tax plan that involved transferring money out of special state funds that pay for transportation and environmental projects, among other things.

Pennsylvania’s destructive budget machinations

Oh, what a tangled and fiscally risky web is woven when tax dollars meant to be spent on one thing are diverted to other things, scholars at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy say.

House committee chair says U.S. must explore all options to improve infrastructure

As the conversation around U.S. infrastructure increasingly turns to the dire need for new and innovative methods, leaders from across the nation gathered Monday at Texas A&M to discuss creating more efficient and cost-effective solutions.

Here’s how PennDOT is getting ready for a driver-less future

We’re in the midst of an explosion of activity related to the development of autonomous vehicle technology. What was once a figment of science fiction, self-driving cars – officially known as highly automated vehicles (HAV’s) – are ready to make their mark in a big way, particularly here in Pennsylvania.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 36

September 18, 2017

PA House Passes Bill to Raid Transportation Funds

Around 10pm on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania state House voted to raid various funds throughout the state government—including $100 million from transportation—to plug up the state budget hole.

Editorial | A completed Route 219 would give tremendous boost to region

Motorists are anticipating the opening of the new Route 219 south segment almost as much as kids look forward to Christmas.

Alloway warns lawmakers: Leave transportation money alone

A group of conservative Republicans in the House have proposed balancing Pennsylvania’s overdue budget by withdrawing money from special government accounts, including nearly half a billion dollars from transportation accounts.

Wolf administration hosting Pennsylvania’s first-ever summit on automated vehicles

A Carnegie Mellon University expert on self-driving cars is one of the featured speakers at an automated vehicle summit convened by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The murky future of driverless vehicles

There is little doubt that autonomous vehicles (AVs) are going to transform our transportation landscape. But predicting the timing of the arrival of self-driving vehicles into the mass market, and the manner and magnitude of their impact on our communities, carries considerable uncertainty.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 35

September 12, 2017

House GOP to test budget-balancing plan in growing stalemate

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return to session Monday for the first time in seven weeks as a lengthening budget stalemate is drawing warnings by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf that he is out of options to make payments on time. Hanging in the balance is $2.2 billion in program funding — about 7 percent of approved spending — and another downgrade to Pennsylvania’s battered credit rating.

Agency heads voice concern over Pa. GOP budget proposal

Agencies are raising alarms over a Pennsylvania GOP-backed House plan to redirect billions of dollars to fill gaps in the state’s badly unbalanced budget.

PennDOT, Leslie Richards to hold town hall on women, diversity at Penn State

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards is visiting Penn State Monday to help host a town hall for students and young professionals on the importance of women and diversity in transportation, engineering and public service.

Philadelphia port sees continued growth in imports

The Philadelphia port continues to be on a roll, with more containerized freight, more liquid bulk cargoes, and more cars arriving at Philadelphia’s 15 piers and terminals on the Delaware River.

2017 Highway Safety Survey

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete and all responses, including the “comments” fields, are completely anonymous. Read more


PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 34

August 29, 2017

Bike fatalities increase 12 percent as Pittsburgh, PennDOT work to improve safety

The numbers are stark and concerning: Deaths from bicycle accidents increased 12.2 percent nationwide in 2015, the highest percentage increase in any traffic category that year and the biggest yearly increase in bike deaths in two decades.

Editorial: Bypass improvements should be worth the wait

It’s quite understandable that Berks County motorists are eager to see improvements to the stretch of Route 422 known as the West Shore Bypass.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 33

August 22, 2017

RabbitTransit seeks ride-sharing expansion options in York, surrounding counties

Rabbit Transit officials want to connect aging individuals to modern-day technology through ride-sharing apps like Uber if it’s financially prudent. A six-month pilot program conducted in York County is guiding officials to understand how best to use all available resources right at their fingertips.

Work zone crashes, deaths on the rise

Carl Antonelli knows just how dangerous road work can be. Four years ago, the PennDOT employee was struck by a car while working as a construction flagger during a roadway chipping project in Findlay, Allegheny County.

Smart to start study for user fee

The I-95 Coalition is overseeing a federally funded study featuring a 50-motorist pilot program that will monitor driving habits for three months to see how a user-fee concept — meaning tolls — may work to offset potential losses.

Transportation innovation’s crucial ingredient

For the revolution to succeed, smart regulators and thoughtful entrepreneurs will need to work together.

Pennsylvania, other states worry about life after gas tax

As more people plug in their cars, transportation planners are starting to wonder how Pennsylvania and other states will plug budget holes if gas tax revenue begins to decline. That’s the issue at the heart of a federally-funded study underway by a group called the I-95 Coalition, a transportation policy organization covering the states crossed by the interstate.


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