PHIA News Digest – Vol. 56

December 28, 2015

PDSITELOGO2Safety Bolstered on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor
Travelers taking Amtrak between New York City and Philadelphia are now being protected by a new crash-prevention system.

The national passenger railroad over the weekend activated its version of so-called positive train control between the two cities, the last stretch of its tracks on the busy Northeast Corridor to get the system.

Low gas prices to allow many to hit the road
The 2015 Christmas travel week could be the busiest in years, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is expecting heavy traffic on Interstate 80 and on high-volume state Routes 11, 15, 45 and 61.

“We ask motorists to allow for increased travel time, be patient and drive with caution when attending holiday gatherings with family and friends,” PennDOT spokesman David Thompson said Monday.

Townships will seek $1 million to fix rail trail
A new grant will, if approved, fund repairs to the east end of the Enola Low Grade rail trail.

Providence Township will write the request for $1 million from Pennsylvania’s Transportation Alternatives Program.

The TAP program is open to grant requests until January 8, 2016. Grant applications must be for at least $500,000 and no more than $1 million.

Regional transportation panel notes concerns about biking route improvements, deficient bridges
The Southwest Pennsylvania Commission is preparing a new Transportation Improvement Plan for the 10-county region, and representatives visited Indiana County Dec. 16 to solicit feedback.

More than 30 people representing local government, business and community groups attended the Public Participation Panel at the CareerLink office on Indian Springs Road in White Township.


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