PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 7

February 12, 2018

First girders for Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge due on site this week

The first steel girders for the nearly mile-long bridge that will carry Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River are due on site this week.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces 45 multimodal projects for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced funding for 45 multimodal transportation projects that will benefit 22 communities. The projects, which include highways, bridges, bike and pedestrian paths, ports and waterways, are made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Pa. budget toss-up: More spending, due largely to fixed costs, for criminal justice

Pennsylvania State Police would see a bump in state funding in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget, up $8.8 million to $260.5 million. The proposal once again includes a $25 per capita fee for municipalities that rely solely on state police coverage, which would generate $63 million and in turn help shift that burden off the Motor License Fund and onto local taxpayers.

What’s holding driverless cars back? It’s not tech. It’s people, says Michigan governor

Driverless vehicle technology is advancing quickly, but don’t expect it to suddenly change everything about getting around in cars. The introduction of autonomous vehicles will happen much more gradually, says Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

Turnpike work to get underway

The total reconstruction and widening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension (Interstate 476) between Lansdale (exit 31) and Quakertown (exit 44) will begin later this month, weather permitting.

How Uber could get its unmanned driverless vehicles on Pennsylvania roads by 2019

Speaking with Bloomberg News at a recent event at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made a bold — if not obvious — declaration. As soon as next year, he said, the company wants to remove human failsafes from the driverless vehicles it’s currently testing in cities such as Pittsburgh.


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