PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 13

March 27, 2018

County council to debate vehicle registration fee

Luzerne County Council on Tuesday will discuss a proposal to enact a county-wide $5 vehicle registration fee to pay for repairs to county-owned roads and bridges.

State seeks input on improving conditions for biking, walking

If you are a pedestrian or a bicyclist — and most of us are one or both — the state Department of Transportation wants to hear from you.

Trib editorial: The toll from Act 44 widens

For some of Pennsylvania government’s more egregious mistakes, the public never stops paying. Act 44 is one of those mistakes.

Pa. Turnpike’s move toward cashless tolling expanding to additional segments of toll road

As part of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s conversion to cashless tolling, some additional segments of the toll road in Washington, Allegheny, and Lackawanna County are on track to go cashless next month.

House Transportation chairman calls for raising pump fees, altering trust fund

In an Op-Ed published Wednesday in the Washington Times, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sounded off a call for cooperation on the nation’s infrastructure, including changes to the Highway Trust Fund and raising a user fee at the pump.

SEPTA to stop selling tokens April 30

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has announced it will stop selling tokens to individual riders April 30.

Potters Mills Gap, US Route 322 transportation project enters Phase 3, PennDOT says

The final phase of the estimated nearly $107 million project to improve the stretch of Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills was bid Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation. PennDOT is expected to award the $82,374,064 Phase 3 project to Glenn O. Hawbaker, of State College, and give notice to proceed in May.

PennDOT using data obtained from cell phones to study Danville area intersection |

DANVILLE – Motorists driving through the intersection of Routes 54 and 642 near Danville unknowingly are taking part in a traffic study for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Republican governor calls on Congress to raise gas tax

It’s time to raise the federal gas tax to help fix Michigan’s ravaged roads, Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday. Snyder, a Republican who is under fire along with state lawmakers over the shape of Michigan’s roads, said the state has taken steps to increase road funding and can do more, but it’s also time for the federal government to step up.

Governor Wolf announces funding increase for municipal road projects

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the distribution of nearly $489 million in liquid fuels payments to municipalities through PennDOT to help maintain local roads and bridges. This distribution marks a $22.8 million, or 4.9 percent, increase over the $466.2 million distributed in 2017.


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