PHIA News Digest – Vol. 85

July 25, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls going up in 2017

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is boosting tolls by 6 percent starting January 8, 2017. Tolls have increased every year since 2009 as the commission seeks revenue to pay for a long-term project to reconstruct the Turnpike and handle its debt service.

“The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.16 to $1.23 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.80 to $1.95 for cash customers,” the commission stated in a press release Tuesday.

New Bill Works To Install Speed Cameras On Philly’s Deadliest Road

Philadelphia city officials are now trying get speed cameras installed along Roosevelt Boulevard. The road has long been considered one of the deadliest stretches in Philadelphia.

“This will provide needed enforcement and take away the need for our policemen to be worried about enforcing these laws with manpower,” said Representative John Taylor who proposed House Bill 2233.

Pennsylvania lawmakers move to expand, extend use of automated tickets

More red-light cameras could soon be headed to Pennsylvania roadways. A bill on the governor’s desk would expand and extend the state’s red-light camera program.

House lawmakers voted 146-43 on Monday, July 11, to advance a bill to Gov. Tom Wolf that covers traffic signals and the use of automated enforcement in the state. The Senate already approved the bill by a 45-5 vote.

Uber’s Phila. Presence Spurs More Legislation, Litigation

Eighteen months into two-year experimental licenses granted to Uber and Lyft to operate their ride-sharing services in Pennsylvania, the companies’ presence in Philadelphia continues to be a point of contention as regulators and legislators attempt to bridge the gap between city and state laws.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Commends Local Officials for Embracing Transit-Service Efficiencies

With its recent vote to consolidate its shared ride public transportation service into the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (CPTA), Perry County became the latest county to pursue efficiencies while preserving service, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards said.

CPTA will begin administering the service on October 1, a move that is expected to contain costs and sustain service into the future.


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