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Transportation advocates optimistic about funding

As the July 1 state fiscal year draws near, transportation advocates remain optimistic about a comprehensive multimodal funding plan that would set the Commonwealth on a course for significant infrastructure improvements over… [read more]

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The I-95 restoration: A Pennsylvania success story

Exactly one day before the beginning of the 2024 Memorial Day weekend, state and national transportation leaders held an event to announce the full restoration of I-95 in northeast Philadelphia, the site of a devastating fuel… [read more]

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Progress in repairing bridges begins to flatten without new revenue

Despite the progress that was made in repairing and replacing Pennsylvania bridges following the passage of Act 89 in 2013, the Commonwealth finds itself listed as the second-worst state for the condition of its bridges with more… [read more]

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PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 28

July 8, 2024 -- Leave a Comment

Pa. ends fiscal year on a high note

Pennsylvania concluded the 2023-24 fiscal year with a robust $45.5 billion in General Fund collections, surpassing estimates by $862.9 million, or 1.9 percent. Revenue Secretary Pat Browne announced these figures, noting that final collections fell within the 2 percent range the Department of Revenue aims for in its forecasts.

The Motor License Fund received $308.9 million in June, outperforming the estimate by $37.1 million. For the fiscal year, collections totaled $3.2 billion, which is $43.1 million, or 1.4 percent, above forecast. This fund includes revenues from gas and diesel taxes, as well as various license fees and fines.

Climate advocates boost EVs as anti-EV ads run in Pa.

The advocacy arm of the Environmental Defense Fund says EVs are getting more affordable and convenient each year.

Some motorists will get a break as the Turnpike changes toll calculations next year

It’s not news that the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase tolls in January because the agency has raised rates each of the past 16 years. But the 5% increase approved by the turnpike commission Tuesday also includes a change in how tolls are calculated, and some motorists will see a reduction in their fees.

New piers for the SS United States identified

The SS United States Conservancy is making progress in its search for a new home for the SS United States. According to an update shared on its social media profiles, the not-for-profit organization has conducted outreach and is currently exploring several locations across the United States.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 27

July 1, 2024 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 27

Turnpike releases Fourth of July advisory

Pa. Turnpike officials predict more than 5 million vehicles will travel the roadway during the 10-day stretch before, during and after July 4. Extra State Police patrols will saturate the highway to ensure safe driving practices. Road construction on the turnpike will be suspended during the 10 days, to give drivers access to as many lanes as possible.

Securing funding for Pa.’s critical bridge improvements

According to the Federal Highway Administration, transportation agencies need $70.9 billion to overcome the current backlog of deficient bridges. This investment would be money well spent, as poor bridge conditions have major implications for traveler safety, mobility and economic activity.

Scranton may finally see the return of a passenger rail line to NYC

It’s been more than 50 years since passenger trains ferried travelers from Scranton to New York City, and many in northeast Pennsylvania had given up hope that a rail line would ever return. But funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law may finally bring back passenger trains to run between the Electric City and the Big Apple.

 

News, PHIA Programs & Awards

2024 Road and Bridge Safety Award Program Open for PA’s Counties

June 26, 2024 -- Comments Off on 2024 Road and Bridge Safety Award Program Open for PA’s Counties

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 41st straight year, the program is now open for Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  Eligible projects are those in which most or all safety improvements were completed in 2023 or 2024.  The competition recognizes major, high-cost projects and any improvements that have increased public safety.

Go here for complete information, including the entry brochure. The deadline is July 12, 2024.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 26

June 24, 2024 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 26

NTSB hosting final public meetings on derailment Monday, Tuesday

Nearly 17 months after a Norfolk Southern train caught fire and spilled chemicals in East Palestine, the National Transportation Safety Board is ready to discuss its investigative findings with the public.  NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy will hold public community meetings in East Palestine on Monday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 25, open to village residents and those from surrounding areas, including neighboring communities in Pennsylvania.

State makes progress in fixing bridges, but report warns that additional funding is needed

Pennsylvania has made substantial progress in reducing the number of bridges rated in poor condition over the past 10 years. But unless transportation funding increases in the next few years, the number of poorly rated bridges will begin increasing again by 2029, according to a study released Thursday by TRIP, a national transportation nonprofit.

TRIP issues report on Pa. bridges in poor condition

A national group called TRIP is out with a new report on bridges in the Pittsburgh area and across Pennsylvania that are in need of repair or replacement.

PennDOT releases draft plan to guide transportation improvements

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan was released to the public this week, laying out how the agency plans to spend almost $29 billion in the next few years to build “a safe and reliable transportation network that connects Pennsylvanians to opportunities and services,” according to an agency press release.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 25

June 17, 2024 -- Comments Off on PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 25

Pa. Turnpike says it is making progress on $180 million in uncollected tolls

After years of trying, the Pennsylvania Turnpike appears to be making some progress in its efforts to collect money from drivers who deliberately try to avoid paying tolls.

Open cover on gas tank may have caused fire that led to I-95 collapse in Philly

A year after a deadly truck crash and fire caused a section of I-95 in Philadelphia to collapse, federal authorities are releasing more information about what may have caused the explosion.

Buttigieg praises PA union members at Machinists convention

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke at the annual Pennsylvania State Council of Machinists convention on Wednesday to promote President Biden’s pro-union record.

PA Turnpike plans non-stop driving system-wide by 2027

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials are working on a project that will make it possible to travel the entire toll road and its extensions without stopping or slowing down to pay tolls. Using EZ Pass, license plate readers, and sensors that record whether vehicles are cars or trucks, Open Road Tolling will begin next year along the Turnpike’s Eastern and Northeast Extension.

PennDOT to close driver license, photo centers for Juneteenth holiday

PennDOT will close all driver license and photo centers in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. The centers will close on June 19, Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.