PHIA News Digest – Vol. 2, No. 49

December 18, 2017

Official: Improved bayfront connections priority for Erie

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Community and Economic Development visited Erie Friday to help announce state funding that will go toward improvements along the Bayfront Parkway.

Officials cut ribbon on transit CNG station under Pa. program

Pennsylvania’s Wolf administration has announced the start of service at another of the 29 compressed natural gas fueling stations already built or planned as part of a statewide Public-Private Partnership (P3) project.

Senate panel OKs tough new DUI standards, targets repeat offenders

The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed a measure to address egregious DUI offenses, including persistent DUI offenders. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

SEPTA marks Philadelphia trolley’s 125th anniversary

It has been 125 years since the first trolley started rolling through the streets of Philadelphia. SEPTA will mark the occasion Friday by unveiling a specially wrapped 125th anniversary trolley at its Elmwood District.

Speeding through Pa. work zones is common, and really dangerous for drivers

A couple of years ago, while crews were replacing drainage pipes along a rural road in eastern York County, a car drove past “road closed” signs and traveled toward a ditch in the work zone. The workers screamed. The driver stopped.

Larson Transportation Institute’s annual conference is a huge success

The 2017 Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference wrapped up Friday, Dec. 8, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on the University Park campus of Penn State. One of the largest conferences of its kind held in the region, and the main annual conference hosted by the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, the event continues to attract some of the best and brightest in the transportation industry.

This Pennsylvania town has the worst commute in the country

Traffic can be a bear in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, but a town in the Poconos that’s home to actual bears has earned the distinction of having the worst commute time in the nation, according to findings recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Beyond the bus: ‘microtransit’ helps cities expand transportation services

For several years, private companies have tried to fill the last-mile gap in public transit systems by offering on-demand, shared rides. Many of these “microtransit” services — something between ride sharing and traditional transit — have foundered. Now, several public transit agencies have started to explore whether they could offer microtransit options themselves.


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