PHIA News Digest – Vol. 95

October 10, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Increasing Amount of Transportation Funds Going To Pennsylvania State Police

When you go to fill up your car here in the Commonwealth, 50 cents of every gallon is taxed, going to the state. Our state gas tax is the highest in the country, according to the American Petroleum Institute, after lawmakers passed Act 89 in 2013.

The revenue from the gas tax and drivers’ fees is used for road and bridge projects, some administrative overhead, as well as to the Pennsylvania State Police. But it turns out, more money is now increasingly going to state police. That’s pulling cash away from of road projects, according to PennDOT projections.

Pittsburgh gets $10.9 million in federal transportation grant

Pittsburgh didn’t win the federal Department of Transportation’s $50 million Smart City grant earlier this year, but on Friday it received nearly $11 million to help implement some of the traffic proposals in the grant application.

The $10.9 million Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act grant from DOT, announced by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, will pay for “smart spines” that use information gathered from a network of sensors to balance traffic and move it through areas more quickly. Another aspect of the improvements will allow buses, public safety or freight vehicles to communicate with traffic signals so they can move through intersections more efficiently.

Highway widening in Pennsylvania

Major highway widening work is planned in the US State of Pennsylvania. Around US$125 million will be spent to widen Interstate 76, the Schuylkill Expressway. The busy highway route runs from Philadelphia, though Harrisburg, past Pittsburgh and over the state border to the outskirts of Cleveland in neighboring Ohio.

Why the cost of towing varies in Pennsylvania

Crashes occur every single day. If you crash your car and need a tow, the price you pay will vary in Pennsylvania.

“Pricing is not specific to the state of Pennsylvania. A lot of different towns have different regulations, different rules and they have different pricing that has been set-up either by the town or has been sanctioned by the town as submitted by the towing company,” said Ron Bressler, President for Pennsylvania Towing Association.

Federal, state and local officials talk transportation issues

From Philadelphia International Airport to I-95 to Township Line Road, transportation was the center of discussion for federal, state and county officials at the Delaware County Transportation Management Association’s legislative breakfast Tuesday.

Present at the Paxon Hollow Country Club dialogue were U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford, state Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, state Rep. James Santora, R-163, of Upper Darby, and Delaware County Councilman John McBlain.


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