PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 41

October 15, 2018

First criminal charges over delinquent Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls filed in Allegheny County

The first criminal charges have been filed in Allegheny County by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission since announcing their efforts to collect delinquent tolls. The commission has been working with district attorneys across the commonwealth for over a year, going after those who owe the most first.

State to invest $2.7M in Erie Western PA Port Authority

The state plans to invest $2.7 million in the Erie Western PA Port Authority as a way to spur economic development through the Port of Erie, Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced.

Lyft and Uber help patients make It to medical appointments

On-demand, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are playing a growing role in nonemergency medical transportation. Health care providers, insurers and others are working with these services to make better use of their resources and reduce transportation frustration for patients.

Self-driving car startup Aurora becomes Pennsylvania’s first ‘authorized’ tester

Aurora, the buzzy self-driving car startup, has become the first company officially authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test its vehicles on public roads.

Here’s how Philly hopes to improve transportation in the next seven years

Philadelphia released a transportation plan Wednesday that outlines the city’s goals for street safety and transportation for the next seven years.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 40

October 9, 2018

Wolf announces funding for 42 multimodal projects

Governor Tom Wolf announced that 42 highway, bridge, transit, ports and waterways, and bike and pedestrian projects will be in line for $49 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Work zone cameras are coming to Pa. to enforce lower speed limits

The Senate on Tuesday voted 47-1 to pass a bill that permits automated speed enforcement cameras in work zones on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, interstates, and other “federal aid” highways in a five-year pilot project.

PennDOT puts out call for public-private partnership proposals

PennDOT put out a call this week for unsolicited proposals for public-private partnerships, or P3s, for transportation and infrastructure projects.

PennDOT announces $65 million Route 61 reconstruction project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Tuesday a major reconstruction project of state Route 61 that will include road improvements between Frackville and Saint Clair.

Editorial | We must keep the passenger rail expansion concept rolling

The crucial mission of expanding passenger rail service across western Pennsylvania requires vision and collaboration at all levels of government and economic development – with the Johnstown area at the heart of this regional issue.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 39

October 1, 2018

AAA: New Jersey gas tax hike spells bigger business at Delaware, Pennsylvania pumps

A gas tax increase instituted in New Jersey in 2016 translated to a noticeable change in gas-buying habits for neighboring states, according to data released Thursday by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

PennDOT data shows roundabouts improving safety, reducing crashes

PennDOT announced Thursday that according to department data, crashes, injuries, and fatalities decreased at 11 roundabouts after they were installed.

PennDOT to study passenger rail between Altoona, Pittsburgh

PennDOT will examine the feasibility of providing passenger-rail service between Altoona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced.

Pennsylvania gets another extension on REAL ID program

Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver’s licenses and photo ID cards to meet anti-terrorism standards. Read more

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 38

September 24, 2018

PennDOT debuts flashing yellow arrow signal

The Pennsylvania Depart­ment of Transportation has announced it will activate a new type of left turn signal that has been proven to improve left-turn safety at intersections.

Businesses, homeowners preparing to make way for Mon-Fayette Expressway

Some local businesses and homeowners are preparing for a major shift in the Duquesne-West Mifflin area, moving out in the near future.

New Pa. stretch completes I-95 after 62 years

Sometime this weekend in Bucks County, new road signs will be unveiled, barricades will be removed, and for the first time cars will drive on an I-95 that runs contiguously from Maine to Florida.

After 2 years, a fire and traffic headaches, work on the Liberty Bridge is done

Drivers will no longer have to endure traffic headaches associated with the Liberty Bridge rehabilitation project, now that the 2-and-a-half-year-long project has wrapped up.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 37

September 17, 2018

Wolf administration expanding small business opportunities through new pilot

The Wolf Administration has announced that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is aiming to increase opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) through a new pilot program where SBEs can compete to work as prime consultants on federally-assisted engineering and design agreements on at least six projects.

3-year public transit plan under review in Valley

Chamber President/CEO Bob Garrett announced that PennDOT is giving the Valley three years to build up its ridership to prove there’s a need for service in the counties of Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Montour, Columbia and Lycoming. The project would be funded through 85 percent funding through PennDOT and 15 percent local match.

PennDOT says crane accident at CSVT still under investigation

Ted Deptula, assistant construction engineer for PennDOT District 3-0, at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee meeting on Friday, said the collapse on Aug. 14 didn’t delay completion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, but that particular area of construction was slightly delayed.

Bids opened to pave thruway’s northern section as high water slows bridge work

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Thursday submitted the unofficial low bid of $52.3 million to pave the northern section, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said. Read more