Shuster Becomes U.S. House T&I Committee Chairman

November 28, 2012

Earlier, PHIA reported that PA Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Blair) was poised to become the next chairman of the influential U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (T&I).  Today, the Republican majority made the move official and Shuster will become the chairman when Congress convenes its 113th Session in January.  To view a copy of the press release by Rep. Shuster’s office, click here.

Shuster was recently endorsed for the powerful committee post by the U.S. House Republican Steering Committee, a group of key GOP leaders.    Current House T&I Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) abandoned his pursuit of a waiver of House Republican term limit rules, under which he must step down from his leadership of the panel at the end of 2012.  House GOP leaders have been clear the only committee leadership waiver that will be made this year is for former vice-presidential candidate and current House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Read more


Breaking News: PennDOT Forecasts 2013 Program

November 19, 2012

Updated:  November 19, 2012 @ 3:30 p.m.

PennDOT says 2013 letting program will be $1.7 billion!


To view the PennDOT Presentation of the 2013 market outlook, click here.



Industry Studies & Reports

TAC Report: Cameras In Work Zones

November 19, 2012

PA State Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Cameras in Work Zones November 2012 Final Report

DOWNLOAD:  TAC Cameras in Work Zones Report (PDF)


Funding solution optimism grows

November 19, 2012

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said on Friday that he believes Pennsylvania will move forward with a major transportation funding initiative early next year.

Speaking to a large crowd at the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors’ Fall Conference, Schoch said he is more optimistic than he has been since accepting his appointment as PennDOT secretary that the General Assembly and administration are prepared to move the issue forward.

He noted that, in the last two years, PennDOT had made significant progress in modernization efforts that have improved the agency’s efficiency, and have positioned it to assure lawmakers that any increased revenue would be spent wisely.

Schoch said the cornerstone of the initiative will likely be the uncapping of the Oil Company Franchise Tax.  He also said the administration is interested in pursuing tolling opportunities that were incorporated in the two-year federal funding measure known as MAP-21.

Both of those funding mechanisms are in keeping with Governor Corbett’s desire to focus on user-fee solutions, he said, adding that there is concern with other measures, such as license and registration fees, which affect all motorists regardless of how much they use the highway system.

Schoch’s advice to the group was to continue to participate in outreach efforts with the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition in order to let elected officials know of the strong support that exists for addressing the funding problem.