PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 8

February 19, 2018

Trump tempts transportation cataclysm

The tunnels are at the center of the most important rail link in the U.S. – the Northeast Corridor, which generates 20 percent of our domestic product, but is now held together with sticky tape and glue.

Project to connect I-95, PA Turnpike nears major milestone

Since I-95′s completion in 1969, plans called for creating a seamless link between the interstate and the turnpike. In 2018, project engineers say, they will finally make good on the decades-old promise to make the connection and have I-95 stretch continuously from Maine to Florida.

PennDOT to tackle rural roads, locally owned bridges under Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal

Part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal would steer more money toward fixing rural, low-traffic roads and locally owned bridges, officials said.

PhilaPort infrastructure investments expecting another record year

After investing $1 billion and changing its name from the Port of Philadelphia to PhilaPort in 2017, the port had a record year for containerized cargo activity — a success the port is prepared to repeat.

PennDOT wants feedback for bicycle, pedestrian master plan

PennDOT wants public feedback to update its bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

Source: Trump endorsed 25-cent gas tax hike in White House confab

President Donald Trump endorsed the idea of a 25 cent-per-gallon gas tax increase at a meeting Wednesday with lawmakers, people who attended the session said — a move that could help pay for his big infrastructure plan but brought swift attacks from anti-tax conservatives.

Donald Trump wants to build a bridge. And you’re going to pay for it.

President Donald Trump’s plan to spend $200 billion in federal money to somehow spur $1.5 trillion in state, local and private investment in infrastructure reconstruction elicited something like a collective eyeroll when it was finally made public on Monday.

Despite what you’ve heard, America’s infrastructure is not ‘crumbling’

According to reports, President Trump wanted to announce the biggest investment in public works since President Eisenhower unveiled the interstate highway system. But in the wake of tax cuts, the real deficit was too big to close what Trump calls “the infrastructure deficit.” So he had to settle for a plan that would spend $200 billion in federal taxpayer money over the next decade and lay the rest of the $1.5 trillion on state and local taxpayers.

Trump’s infrastructure plan rests on some rickety assumptions

Experts greeted the long-awaited details of President Donald Trump’s promise to unleash a US$1.5 trillion wave of new infrastructure spending with skepticism.

Can congestion pricing fix New York City’s traffic woes?

One day soon, drivers in New York City may be charged a toll to enter the heart of the city, the part of Manhattan from Wall Street to Central Park. Imposing such a fee would not only aim to cut traffic, it would also raise much-needed revenue to fix the city’s struggling subway system.

Trump would allow long-prohibited interstate tolls

Tolls are one way President Trump hopes to finance more highway and bridge projects, with his proposal Monday aiming to lift the longstanding federal prohibition against such fees on interstate highways.

Trump takes aim at blue states in infrastructure plan

Major transportation projects in blue states may be in jeopardy in President Donald Trump’s 10-year infrastructure plan, which critics say favors little-populated rural areas to the detriment of urban America.

When — and where — will electric vehicles rule the roads?

In the race to replace the internal combustion engine that propels most of the world’s cars, trucks and buses with vehicles powered by electricity, one country stands out, and it might not be one that immediately comes to mind.

Trump launches $1.5 trillion infrastructure sales pitch

The White House finally rolled out President Donald Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan Monday, swinging for the fences with a $1.5 trillion initiative that is light on new federal dollars — but could inspire a wave of toll roads, ease decades-old regulations and permanently change cities’ and states’ expectations for assistance from Washington.


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