PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 12

March 19, 2018

Truckers’ lawsuit calls for refund of ‘excessive’ Pa. turnpike toll hikes

Two nationwide truck driving groups want nearly $6 billion in refunds from Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls they say were improperly used by PennDOT for public transit and other uses, says a federal lawsuit filed this week.

Pennsylvania toll lawsuit similar to pending New York case

A trucking industry lawsuit filed Thursday against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission makes comparable arguments to a New York lawsuit that’s currently at the appellate stage.

How often do drivers crash on Pennsylvania’s roads?

Pennsylvania has over 120,000 miles of roads and highways, about a third of which are maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This report outlines how often motorists crashed on state roads, how often those crashes resulted in injuries or fatalities, and whether that figure has increased or decreased in recent years.

Firm that designed bridge that collapsed in Fla. engineered some of Pa.’s most spectacular bridges

The Florida-based company’s work includes the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge spanning the Susquehanna River just south of Harrisburg. Another major project is the turnpike bridge spanning the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh.

Coalition promotes electric car driving in Pennsylvania

The Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition will unveil details of its draft plan to help expand electric vehicle use in the state at a public meeting on March 26.

Pa. House advances bill allowing driverless work vehicles

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland County), would permit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to use autonomous vehicles in work zones designated by either entity.

Better road designs, bigger signs would help older drivers, study says

States should do more to make to make roads safer for older drivers, who are at increasing risk of dying in crashes, a national study released Tuesday recommended.

A warning for Pa? Cities across the U.S. are ‘transit deserts’ that leave people stranded

Less than two months after President Donald Trump pledged in his State of the Union Address to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” prospects look dim.

How does this pothole season in Pa. compare to last year?

This is pothole season, and PennDOT says it looks like there will be a bumper crop this year.

New bill will allow Pa. cops to use radar but not abuse it, lawmaker says

A Camp Hill lawmaker says he is drafting a new bill that will allow local cops in Pennsylvania to use radar devices to catch speeders but prevent them from abusing them to generate cash.

Chesco Mayor’s Association backs bill giving radar to municipal police

A bill that would allow municipal police departments to enforce speed limits with radar has advanced in the state legislature, and local officials are urging lawmakers to pass it into law.

Legislators discuss how to improve, fund PA transportation issues

State Rep. Madeleine Dean says Pennsylvania lawmakers, five years ago, were able to work together to come up with sustainable funding for transportation, unlike what she calls a missed opportunity at the federal level.


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