A lasting legacy…The Honorable J. Barry Stout

October 31, 2016

stoutIn Memorium…The Honorable J. Barry Stout

State Sen. J. Barry Stout, longtime legislator, family man and one of the best friends the transportation industry ever had, died Saturday at the age of 79 at his home in Bentleyville.

“His passing is a great loss to his constituents and to the Commonwealth as a whole,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “He had many, many noteworthy accomplishments, and his support for the transportation industry in his role as Democratic Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee was just stellar. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family.”

Stout received PHIA’s highest honor–The Transportation Advocate of the Year Award–in 1998.  Stout also was a honorary lifetime members of the organization and frequent participant in the association’s activities.

To read Senator Stout’s obituary, click here.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 98

October 31, 2016

PDSITELOGO2PennDOT OK with EMTA compromise

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation supports the city-county compromise that forged a new 10-year operating charter for the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Cambria County officials back expansion of passenger rail service

Two months after Cambria County’s president commissioner and other local officials testified before the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee about the advantages of expanded passenger rail service between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, all three commissioners approved a resolution supporting the proposal.

Pennsylvania Turnpike IDs Biggest Toll Violators

The Pennsylvania Turnpike has publicly identified the most egregious commercial toll violators, each of which owes more than $20,000 in unpaid tolls and violations.

Westmoreland County Transit Authority Begins CNG Fleet Conversion

As part of a larger statewide project, the Westmoreland County Transit Authority in Pennsylvania has announced its intention to convert its entire bus fleet to compressed natural gas.

How State Elections Could Affect Road Funding

Transportation may not generate the most salacious headlines this campaign season, but at a time when more states are raising gas taxes and finding other ways to fix up their roads and bridges, the fate of infrastructure improvement plans in several states is riding on voter decisions in November.

Strike Looms for Philadelphia Area Transit

Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee Chairman John Taylor (R., Phila.) implored union representatives and SEPTA negotiators to talk all night Sunday into Monday, if necessary, to avoid a strike that could bring subways, buses, and trolleys in Philadelphia to a halt Tuesday.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 97

October 24, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Pennsylvania Senate endorses use of speed radar, automated tickets

Another effort approved unanimously by the state Senate covers the use of speed cameras in active work zones on interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Specifically, SB840 would set up a five-year pilot program for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Commission to post speed cameras.

Pennsylvania bills intended to improve safety along roadways

PennDOT already has guidelines in place for protective fence-railing. However, the rule applies only for limited circumstances, including where there is a bridge with a sidewalk over an interstate, railroad or other limited-access freeway.

The Senate Transportation Committee already approved the bill to require protective fencing to be included on new bridges. The rule would also apply to existing interstate bridges when a major renovation is needed.

PA Celebrates School Bus Safety Poster, Roadeo Winners

The Pennsylvania School Bus Association said members of the state’s school transportation community gathered at a reception hosted by Gov. Tom Wolfe [sic] to commemorate National School Bus Safety Week, which included recognition for the Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Safety Competition and student winners of the annual School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Pennsylvania House passes bill to allow Uber, Lyft to operate permanently

Ride-sharing company Uber has been at odds recently with segments of Pennsylvania government, but the state House of Representative



PennDOT announces more projects funded by PA’s Multimodel Fund

October 19, 2016

ACT89ABSTRACTLast week, Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards announced transportation projects all over the state that would be funded using money from the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

The list of projects include 37 highways, bridges, bikes and pedestrian paths; these improvements total $40 million. The projects are regionally diverse, and include more than $3 million for road improvements in Carlisle; $4.6 million to Philadelphia for roadway improvements, as well as the creation of bike and pedestrian paths near local elementary schools; and millions to the rest of the state.

The Multimodal Fund was created by Act 89, the comprehensive, multi-modal funding legislation of 2013. This bill created dedicated streams of funding for transportation improvements, an investment of $2.4 billion by the state. Funds are generated by the elimination of the flat gas tax, and uncapping the wholesale oil franchise tax.

“The multi-modal projects that will be funded this year are a testament to the necessity and success of Act 89,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “These improvements are critical to improving the safety and experience of Pennsylvanians, whether they travel by foot, bike, car, train or plane.”



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 96

October 17, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Pennsylvania driver’s license will no longer count as federal ID

Beginning Jan. 30, Pennsylvania residents won’t be able to use their driver’s license to enter federal facilities.

Transportation fund grants set for pair of Carlisle projects

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced today that 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $40 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

State College receives $100,000 PennDOT grant

Gov. Tom Wolf and state Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards on Friday announced funding for 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects, including one in Centre County.

Multimodal Transportation Fund grants from PennDOT totaling $40 million will be provided to make these plans reality, according to a press release from Wolf’s office and PennDOT.

Lehigh and Monroe counties receive transportation funds from PennDOT

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced today that 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $40 million in transportation grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

In Lehigh County the Waterfront Development Company received $2,280,000 for construction of a 2/3-mile, two-lane road west of Allentown’s Waterfront, including four intersections with existing roads, trees, lighting, crosswalks, ADA ramps, water/sewer utilities.

Pa. awards $4.6M in grants to fund four Philly transportation projects

Earlier this week, Wolf and other local officials announced another $3 million state grant for the Schuylkill River Trail. That funding will be used to link Southwest Philly and Center City by connecting Bartram’s Mile to Passyunk Point.

The grants were made possible by Act 89 that was enacted in November 2013 to dedicate funds for all forms of transportation.