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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.

 

 

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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

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

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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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 16

April 24, 2018

The four-letter word changing daily commutes

Paying an extra toll for rush hour driving isn’t a popular idea with many motorists. But its time seems to have come. Is it here to stay?

Be aggressive on toll evaders

The turnpike’s prosecution decision is a sound one. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale reported in 2016 that the turnpike commission had written off about $20 million a year in unpaid tolls. Tracking down that money is important not just for the sake of revenue but as a matter of fairness for the vast majority of drivers who dutifully pay the tolls.

Associated PA Constructors holds first-ever TQI and Partnering event

Sixteen highway construction projects shared the limelight last week with the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors’ James J. Skelly Award winner at the first of what will be the Annual TQI and Partnering Awards Banquet, intended to recognize and honor projects exemplifying the goals of Pennsylvania’s Act 89 of 2013.

Pennsylvania sets stage for increased AV oversight

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has drafted guidelines for autonomous vehicle testing, but it’s unclear whether car manufacturers will comply. Without legislative action, there’s still no requirement beyond having a licensed driver behind the wheel of a self-driving car.

View from Route 30 — what’s left of it — shows enormity of collapse, landslide

The quiet media scrum on the remaining road surface Wednesday and the distant sound of two excavators and a bulldozer grading the hillside below were a stark contrast to the normally bustling highway that carries 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles a day. But the highway has been closed since three lanes collapsed April 7, causing a landslide behind Electric Avenue below that displaced 31 people and destroyed two apartment buildings and two houses. Read more

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