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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

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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.

Triblive.com 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 Triblive.com article can be found here.

 

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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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PennDOT official provides view of the future with autonomous vehicles

May 24, 2017

Autonomous self-driving driverless vehicle with radar on the roadMany of us who have watched the development of autonomous vehicles see a variety of ways in which they will transform society. One of the most significant transformations will occur in the auto industry itself.

PennDOT Deputy Secretary Kurt Myers presented a glimpse into the future at PHIA’s latest policy breakfast this week. Myers projects that autonomous vehicles will change the way we utilize vehicles, from trucks to buses, as well as our own personal vehicles.

Once the technology spreads, cars will be seen less as status symbols, and more as commodities. Families are likely to own fewer vehicles as consumers will be able to arrange for their transportation needs on demand. In fact, Myers expects that autonomous vehicles will have multiple owners as ride-sharing becomes more of the norm.

He said the auto industry will be challenged to keep up with the new technology. Tech firms tend to produce products and services as rapidly as they are demanded. The auto industry will need to match that pace if it is to survive this tech revolution.

Myers assured the audience that autonomous vehicles will create business opportunities across the Commonwealth. Still, it may take at least a decade for the autonomous vehicle infrastructure to be fully in place.

 

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PennDOT Lets $172 Million in April

May 4, 2017

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT let just over $172.6 million projects during the month of April according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  With this letting, PennDOT has let just over $862 million in project lettings to date.  At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $833 million 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 April letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

April 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.

 

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