PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7

January 19, 2015

PHIA_LOGOCumberland County passes $5-per-vehicle fee to raise money for bridge repairs
The registration fee is expected to raise about $1.1 million annually to help pay for county bridge repairs. It goes into effect April 1 and will be collected by the state Department of Transportation as part of the annual vehicle registration application process.

TRC to Support Pennsylvania’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Program
TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) has been awarded a $26 million contract to provide construction engineering inspection services for more than 500 bridges throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The project is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement program, a public-private-partnership to repair aging and deficient infrastructure quickly, cost effectively and with minimum impact to travelers. TRC will perform the work for the project’s development entity, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners.

$899M deal inked to fix bridge across state, including many in Western Pa.
The PennDOT and the Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners team reached an agreement on a final contract for 558 bridges statewide Monday, PennDOT officials said. PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch called the agreement the “most ambitious public-private partnership initiative to date.”

Montco’s Richards tapped by Wolf as Pa. transportation secretary
Richards, 47, who began her career in civil engineering, has helped secure and steer millions of dollars in federal, state and local transportation funds across Southeastern Pennsylvania in recent years.

What do congressional Republicans think of raising the gasoline tax?
With a long-term funding fix for the federal highway system looming large on their to-do list, congressional Republicans gathered Thursday in a state where GOP legislators recently hiked taxes on gasoline — and still have benefited from a national plunge in gas prices.

Obama administration outlines 30-year transportation plan
With the population explosion in the South and West expected to continue and aging infrastructure requiring a massive overhaul elsewhere, the Obama administration on Monday began to map out a 30-year framework to meet those needs.

Federal transportation package could provide expressway money
The federal transportation package expired last summer, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said a new bill is a priority.
The federal government has followed a pattern of approving a series of surface transportation bills – funding blueprints for highway, bridge and transit projects – strung together with continuing resolutions.

PennDOT: 4 Teams Invited To Submit Proposals For Public-Private CNG Fueling Project
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch Friday announced four teams will be invited to submit proposals for a program to develop clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at public transit agencies around the state that would also be available for use by the public.

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