PHIA News Digest – Vol. 41

September 14, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Feds: Highway funding will last until June 2016
The Department of Transportation has updated its Highway Trust Fund ticker to say that the federal government is now projected to run out of money for infrastructure projects in June 2016, six months later than previously expected.

The agency says that an $8 billion extension passed by Congress in July for the beleaguered highway fund will cover payments to states for transportation projects until the end of the third quarter of the 2016 fiscal year.

Midstate congressman pushing long-term highway funding bill
A midstate congressman isn’t hiding his frustration with the status of federal highway funding.

Republican Lou Barletta, who represents all of Columbia County and parts of Cumberland, Dauphin, Northumberland and Perry counties, says construction companies and subcontractors need to know what to expect.

Pennsylvania finalizing 25-year rail plan
Pennsylvania, which leads the nation in the number of railroads operating within its borders, is developing a 25-year plan to shape development of its freight and passenger-rail systems.

Residents can comment on the proposal, which is online at The state is hosting public meetings next week in Pittsburgh, State College and Philadelphia.


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