PHIA News Digest – Vol. 55

December 21, 2015

PDSITELOGO2The Status Of Western Pennsylvania’s Passenger Rail System
During the last fiscal year, more than 6.1 million people reportedly traveled on Amtrak trains in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a 1.6 percent increase from the previous year.

Although there has been increased interest in traveling by train in Pennsylvania, many Pittsburghers have raised concerns about a lack of convenient travel times between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

PennDOT, Waze to share information on roads
The state of Pennsylvania and popular navigation app Waze are partnering to offer drivers even more real-time information about crashes, road conditions and construction zones.

Governor Tom Wolf announced the partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Waze on Monday.

Survey Reveals How Schools in Different States Compare in Privatizing Services
Research suggests that privatizing noninstructional services can help schools improve services and keep more money in the classroom. Results from a massive survey of school districts in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Georgia and Pennsylvania released today by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy show that districts in some states are taking advantage of this option far more than those in other states. Privatization rates for food, custodial or transportation services spanned from a low of 17 percent of districts in Ohio to a high of 75 percent of districts in Pennsylvania.

PennDOT boasts smoother roads as winter approaches
PennDOT said Tuesday an aggressive program to repair more than 200 miles of state highway in the five-county Philadelphia region has brought drivers smoother, safer roads.

“The combination of state paving contracts and last spring’s emergency patching program improved and sealed numerous state roads … that suffered severe structural damage following the last winter season,” PennDOT District Executive Kenneth M. McClain said in a statement.


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