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Another Pittsburgh bridge deemed unsafe for traffic

The warm glow that we may have felt following the replacement of the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge in under a year dissipated this week upon the news of the closing of the Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge in Oakland, effective… [read more]

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PennDOT secretary-nominee somehow seems familiar

Once he’s confirmed by the PA Senate, Josh Shapiro’s nominee to serve as PennDOT secretary won’t need to ask anyone for directions to PennDOT’s headquarters, or the governor’s office, or the Capitol complex hearing rooms… [read more]

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Electric vehicle update

They may not be getting lots of attention, but electric vehicles are gearing up to take a significant bite out of market share in the years ahead. PennDOT reports that there are now more than 31,000 EVs registered in Pennsylvania,… [read more]

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APC calls for further reduction in bridge and highway fund diversions

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors is reviving an initiative to further reduce the diversions from the Motor License Fund, the constitutionally protected repository for fuel taxes and license and registration fees that fund… [read more]

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Court halts major bridge initiative; PennDOT appeals

A Commonwealth Court judge issued an injunction last week that temporarily blocks PennDOT from proceeding with plans to restore or replace nine major bridges and pay for the initiative by tolling the bridges. Judge Ellen Ceisler… [read more]

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 5

January 31, 2023 -- Leave a Comment

Editorial: The ticking clocks of Pa. poor bridges

For the people on the Fern Hollow Bridge on Jan. 28, 2022, the unthinkable happened in a heartbeat.

Philadelphia among worst traffic cities in nation

Philadelphia ranked in the top five among the worst traffic cities in the United States, according to the Global Traffic Scorecard recently published by INRIX, a data and analytics firm that specializes in transportation.

Roosevelt Boulevard SEPTA line not feasible with current funding

A proposed route along Roosevelt Boulevard, the idea for which was first floated more than a century ago, isn’t currently financially feasible, said SEPTA CEO and General Manager Leslie Richards.

Efforts to bring passenger rail back to NEPA keep chugging along

Northeastern Pennsylvania residents and officials are trying to be the Little Community That Could in bringing passenger rail back to the region.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 4

January 23, 2023 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 4

Allegheny Tunnel bypass plans advance

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is moving forward with a controversial project to construct 3.8 miles of roadway, cutting through the mountaintop, to eliminate the highway’s Allegheny Tunnel.

PennDOT to unveil plan to widen section of I-81

PennDOT is taking the next step in a project to widen the busiest stretch of Interstate 81 in part of Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. The state will unveil its preliminary plans to widen I-81 between the Avoca exit (178) to the Biden Expressway (185) at a meeting next month.

$1.3B expansion of Mon-Fayette Expressway to begin soon

A $1.3 billion expansion project of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Mon-Fayette Expressway between Route 51 and Interstate 376 is expected to get underway soon, according to the Turnpike Commission.

First Active Erie bikeways will be along Greengarden, French Street

The bikeways will be the first of 12 recommended in the Active Erie Transportation Plan approved by Erie City Council in February 2021. The plan proposes safe pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, generally along streets with lower traffic volume and lower speed limits than main thoroughfares.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 3

January 16, 2023 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 3

Shapiro nominates Carroll to lead PennDOT

Governor-elect Josh Shapiro Thursday announced four key cabinet appointments, including former state representative Mike Carroll of Avoca as the next Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation.

PennDOT reviewing bill to halt gas-tax increase

A spokeswoman for PennDOT said her agency is reviewing legislation passed Wednesday in the state Senate that would stop the automatic gasoline tax increase taking effect this month, and permanently set the average wholesale price at $2.99 per gallon in a bid to end future tax hikes.

Two men charged in scheme to defraud PA Turnpike of a million dollars in tolls

Two men have been charged with a scheme to defraud the Pennsylvania Turnpike out of millions of dollars in tolls, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Lower public transit use in Pa. poses long-term budget problems

Though public transit ridership has significantly fallen since the pandemic, transportation assistance programs in Pennsylvania have seen a boost. That’s why the PennDOT recently drew attention to the growing source of ridership available to qualifying residents.

​More than 12,500 Pennsylvanians connected to transportation assistance programs

The Pennsylvania departments of Transportation and Human Services urged Pennsylvanians to use Find My Ride to learn about public transit options and apply for transportation assistance programs. More than 12,500 Pennsylvanians have been approved for services since FMR launched in May 2021.

Bills to end gas tax hike, cap highway funding transfers pass through Pa. Senate committee

Pennsylvania’s Senate Transportation Committee advanced two bills on Monday that separately propose to end this year’s state gas tax increase and to cap the amount of money transferred annually to the state police from a dedicated fund for road repairs.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 2

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Sen. Langerholc reappointed as chairman of Senate Transportation

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) has reappointed Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to lead the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2023-24 legislative session.

Sen. Flynn reappointed Democratic chair of Senate Transportation

Senator Marty Flynn (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne) announced his reappointment as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Gov. Wolf announces grants for automated red light enforcement

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced that PennDOT will distribute approximately $15 million in Automated Red-Light Enforcement funding to 32 municipalities statewide.

Construction cleared due to Bayfront Parkway federal lawsuit dismissal

A federal judge has removed the legal roadblock to the $100 million project to improve the Bayfront Parkway, keeping on track an updated construction timetable that calls for work to start in the spring.

Pa. House bill would hit electric, plug-in hybrid drivers with mileage fees

A central Pennsylvania lawmaker has floated a plan that he says will help bridge the gap by authorizing a five-year pilot program that would levy mileage-based user fees on electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 1

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Pa. Turnpike toll increase to start this weekend

In August, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a 5% increase for customers using the E-ZPass and toll-by-plate systems across the state. The increase will take effect at midnight on Sunday.

Pa. rings in the new year with an increase in gas tax

Gas prices might be dropping on the national level, but Pennsylvanians are about to see increased gas taxes in the new year.

In new year, $250 in unpaid turnpike tolls could mean loss of vehicle registration

On Monday, a new state law will go into effect that suspends the registrations of Pennsylvania vehicle owners who owe $250 or more in turnpike tolls.

PA State Police announces Christmas holiday crash and enforcement results 

The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 661 motor vehicle crashes in which seven people died and 113 others were injured during the Christmas holiday weekend from December 23-25.

USDOT awards $273.9M to rural transportation improvement projects

PennDOT will receive $69 million as part of a more than $416 million project to construct approximately 6.1 miles of new four-lane limited access highway connecting U.S. Routes 11/15 near Selinsgrove to U.S. Route 15 near Winfield and will include an interchange and connector within Shamokin Dam to PA Route 61 into Sunbury.

Inflation could sap infrastructure act’s buying power this year

Inflation could severely weaken the impact of funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, experts say.