The cost of doing nothing

March 29, 2012

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch frequently points out that there are costs for NOT addressing transportation funding needs.  A new U.S. Treasury report says traffic congestion wastes 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline per year.  Additionally, the report says, poor road conditions cost the average urban motorist an additional $400 per year in vehicle maintenance.  For a news account of the report, click here.



Washington drops transportation funding ball again

March 27, 2012

Events in Washington the last two weeks provide further evidence of the need for states to take transportation funding needs into their own hands.

Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House succeeded in killing a Senate-passed $109 billion, two-year measure that would have supported nearly 3 million jobs.  The Senate bill passed by a 74-22 vote with bipartisan sponsorship and support.

Instead, House Republicans introduced legislation to continue funding at its current level for 90 days.  If such a measure were approved, it would make the ninth extension since the most recent multi-year federal funding bill expired more than two years ago. Read more


Shuster to be Keynote Speaker at Annual Conference

March 8, 2012

United States Congressman Bill Shuster will be the Keynote Speaker at PHIA’s Annual Transportation Conference, which is scheduled for April 3, 2012, at the Hilton Harrisburg.  Shuster is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  This subcommittee is one of the most important transportation subcommittees in the House due to its jurisdiction over everything involving rail transportation, from AMTRAK passenger to freight and cargo rail, employee contracts, and rail security.

At the conference, Shuster will discuss the status of the federal transportation reauthorization bill and his role as one of the chief negotiators of the House proposal. 

Shuster was first elected in 2001 and represents much of south-central Pennsylvania.  He resides in Hollidaysburg, Pa.



Anti-texting law goes into effect

March 6, 2012

PHIA has been serving highway users for over 50 years.  Therefore, we feel it’s important to pass along this important information affecting all drivers.

Pennsylvania’s NEW anti-texting law goes into effect Thursday, March 8.  Of nearly 14,000 crashes involving distracted driving in Pennsylvania in 2010, one in eight involved a driver using a hand-held phone.

Violators of the new law could face a $50 fine.  For a fact sheet that summarizes the new law, click here.