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House, Senate to try once more to advance automated speed enforcement bill

June 19, 2018

The reasons for the General Assembly to pass an automated speed enforcement bill are compelling:

  • Across the country, an average of 14 motorists and 2 highway workers are killed in work zones every week.
  • The number of work zone crashes is increasing – by 42 percent since 2013.
  • The rate of fatal crashes in work zones is greater than fatal crashes elsewhere.
  • Automated speed enforcement is proven to work. Once Maryland drivers became accustomed to that state’s program, the proportion of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit by at least 12 miles an hour dropped from 7 percent to less than 1 percent.
  • The right to be safe in a work zone – for travelers and construction workers alike – is more important than the right to not be photographed while breaking the law and putting lives at risk.

“There have been numerous opinions about what should and should not be in the bill,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “As House and Senate members come together once more to iron out their differences, we urge them to look at those differences through the lens of what would make work zones safer for both travelers and workers. Maryland has shown that it can be done.”

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors recently developed a fact sheet outlining why automated speed enforcement makes sense. To view it, click here.

 

News, PHIA Programs & Awards

2018 Road and Bridge Safety Award Program Now Open to Counties

June 15, 2018

Each year the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) team with various state organizations to recognize the best road safety or bridge improvement projects undertaken across the state.  For the 36th straight year, the program is now open for Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  Eligible projects are those in which most or all of the safety improvements were completed in 2017.  The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but any improvements that have increased public safety.

Go here for complete information.

 

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PHIA mourns the loss of Senator Roger Madigan

June 4, 2018

Our thoughts this morning are with the family of former state Sen. Roger Madigan, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88. Senator Madigan, of Luthers Mills and Harrisburg, served as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for many years and was a 2008 recipient of PHIA’s Transportation Advocate of the Year Award. His public service had a lasting positive impact on Pennsylvania and its residents. Funeral arrangements will be announced and are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA 16947.

“Senator Madigan’s contributions to transportation in the Commonwealth are immeasurable,” said PHIA managing director Jason Wagner. “The Senator was one of the finest gentlemen PHIA has ever worked with in the General Assembly.  He will be sorely missed and PHIA extends our deepest sympathies to his family during this time.”

 

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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.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 19

May 15, 2018

CSVT North more than half completed

Slated for completion in 2022, the North Section of the CSVT (Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation) Project is roughly 66 percent completed, PennDOT officials noted during a recent visit with staff at The Standard-Journal.

Volkswagen settlement money to go toward cleaner vehicles, engines

Pennsylvania will use the $118 million it received in a settlement with Volkswagen to fund grants and rebates for cleaner vehicles and engines.

Where will money for Luzerne County’s $5 vehicle registration fee go?

Luzerne County officials insist an extra $5 fee could go a long way. They want to use the newly approved $5 vehicle registration fee to fix roads and bridges. The final details have not been worked out just yet, but right now, county leaders are focusing on three bridges that really need repairs.

Improvement projects bolster public transit, communities

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the commonwealth.

County council approves $5 vehicle registration fee

County council approved a $5 registration fee surcharge on Tuesday on vehicles registered to county addresses, to raise funds to repair county-owned roads and bridges.

 

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