PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 48

December 11, 2017

Rep. Shuster honored with AAR award

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and industry advocacy group GoRail recently presented Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) with its Railroad Achievement Award. The award recognizes Congress members who show bipartisan leadership on issues pertaining to the rail industry and who recognize the role railways play in the U.S. economy.

PennDOT announces the completion of bike lanes on 3 state highways

In its ongoing effort to enhance the bicycle experience across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has completed new bicycle lanes on three suburban state highways in the Philadelphia region.

Administration’s infrastructure plans point to 2018 investment debates

President Donald Trump’s administration this week confirmed it will provide its long-anticipated infrastructure proposal to Congress in January. The federal package would be split into four buckets: funding for states and localities that promise to take on more of the financial burden of infrastructure building and upkeep; block grants for rural areas; existing federal loan programs; and money for high-impact, “transformational” projects.

Penn researchers are using Grand Theft Auto to help test self-driving cars

The popular video game Grand Theft Auto is helping Penn researchers test new autonomous vehicle technology. Rahul Mangharam, an associate professor in Penn’s Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, is leading a team of six to test an autonomous driving software.

Tea Party insurgent weighs another bid to oust GOP Transportation chair

Tea party insurgent Art Halvorson is weighing yet another bid to oust veteran Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), he told The Hill. Halvorson unsuccessfully challenged Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in the past two election cycles, including running as a Democrat in the 2016 general election after Shuster narrowly won the GOP primary.

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls going up again in January

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are scheduled to go up 6 percent early next month in what will mark the 10th straight year of rate increases along the nation’s oldest superhighway.


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