Senator John Rafferty to Speak at Dec. 12 PHIA Breakfast

October 4, 2017


The Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) will host another policy briefing breakfast on December 12, 2017, featuring Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty.

Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. represents the residents of Pennsylvania’s 44th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties. He was re-elected for a fourth term in the Senate in November of 2014. A former state deputy attorney general, the Montgomery County native has an extensive background in public service and local government. Rafferty’s top legislative priorities include improving Pennsylvania’s transportation system, lowering the property tax burden, protecting our environment, reducing health care costs, providing quality care for senior citizens, fighting drunk driving and prescription drug abuse and ensuring that our police and firefighters have the resources and tools they need to do their jobs.

Senator Rafferty serves as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. In that capacity, he spearheaded passage of Pennsylvania’s Transportation Funding Plan, Act 89 of 2013, to increase Pennsylvania’s annual transportation investment by $2.3 billion. The funding is being used to repair unsafe roads and aging bridges, undertake construction projects in congested areas and improve ports, rail lines and mass transit systems.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join us on December 12 to hear from one of Pennsylvania’s distinguished policy leaders!

For more information and to register for the event, click HERE.


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PennDOT lets $101 Million in September

October 2, 2017

PennDOT let just over $101.7 million projects during the month of September according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  With this letting, PennDOT has let just over $1.74 billion in project lettings to date.  At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $1.89 billion in projects.  The official 2016 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT anticipates a $2.4 billion letting program by year’s end.

As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.

To view the full September letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

September Letting Report* (PDF)


*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.



Senate to consider House-passed plan to divert another $100 million from transportation

September 19, 2017

House Republicans, trying to avoid increasing taxes and having already approved a spending measure, have sent to the Senate a proposed revenue plan that would peel another $100 million away from transportation in Pennsylvania.

Although it’s not as much as the nearly half-billion dollars proposed to be diverted initially, it would represent yet another leak in the increased revenue stream created by Act 89 of 2013.

You may recall that the budget for this fiscal year, passed during the summer, included a diversion of $778 million from the Motor License Fund to support State Police operations. The General Assembly had rolled back the amount diverted last year by about $24 million, but instead of decreasing the diverted amount this year, the House plan would actually increase it by a $76 million. Read more


Work zone crashes increase in PA

August 23, 2017

Act 89 has boosted transportation spending in Pennsylvania. With that comes an increase in work zones, and with that comes an increase in work zone accidents. reported this week that 2,076 work zone crashes occurred in Pennsylvania last year, an increase of about 7 percent since 2015, according to PennDOT. More than 900 people were injured in those crashes, and 15 people were killed.

According to PennDOT, 644 of the crashes involved speeding, 275 were because of distracted driving and 13 were caused by people on cellphones.

This fall, Pennsylvania House members will consider an automated speed enforcement bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate. Owners of vehicles that drive at excessive speeds through work zones would receive a speeding ticket through the mail.

“The Maryland experience shows that automated speed enforcement works,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “Once motorists become accustomed to the speed cameras, excessive speeding in work zones drops significantly, making work zones safer for motorists, passengers and highway workers.”

The entire article can be found here.



Recalibrating the notion of ‘easy’ P-3 solutions

August 4, 2017

A Governing Magazine columnist has some interesting thoughts this month on lessons we can learn from one of the nation’s very first public-private partnerships. The P-3 to which he refers? Our very own Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Columnist Donald F. Kettl, former dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, concludes that there are no easy solutions. His column can be found here.


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