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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 21

May 30, 2018

Part of Port Authority’s state subsidy could be in jeopardy

The Pennsylvania Turnpike may not be able to make its quarterly $112.5 million payment in July to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for public transit due to a pending lawsuit filed by truckers who are challenging the payments.

What’s killing people on central Pa. roads? 2017 fatality stats revealed

In Dauphin County, fatal crashes killed nearly twice as many victims as homicides yet deaths on the roads don’t always command the same public attention.

Wolf says $180M will fill potholes, fix other winter effects

Pennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter.

Bill Peduto skeptical of Uber’s plans to resume autonomous-vehicle testing

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was an early champion of Uber moving to Pittsburgh, and then of Uber testing autonomous vehicles here. When Uber balked at working with city officials on a federal transit-grant application in 2016, things started to go downhill.

Pennsylvania offers funding for alternative fuels, vehicles

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it is accepting applications for its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

Uber aims to restart self-driving car tests in Pittsburgh this summer

Uber plans to resume testing its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this summer.

America’s boulevards of death

Across the country, the number of people who died while walking increased by nearly 50 percent from 2009 to 2016, from just over 4,000 to almost 6,000, at a time when traffic fatalities declined in many of our peer countries, including Britain and Canada.

 

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 20

May 21, 2018

Trillium opens its third public CNG location in Lawrence County

Trillium, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and New Castle Transit Authority celebrated the opening of the commonwealth’s newest compressed natural gas fueling station in New Castle.

Transit leaders: Lack of funding leads to negative economic consequences

A new report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) warns that decades of under-investment has had a negative effect on the economy, resulting in lost jobs and declining business revenue.

Bikes vs. cars vs. pedestrians: How Philly can win the transportation culture war

What can be done to prevent tragedies like the loss of Pablo Avendano and the nearly hundred other individuals who die on Philadelphia’s streets and sidewalks each year?

Congress needs to pass a bill to fix transportation and infrastructure: Ray LaHood

Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell discuss what the government needs to do to rebuild and modernize infrastructure in the United States.

Failure to restore and modernize U.S. public transit results in a loss of $340 billion

Decades of under investment in America’s aging bus and rail public transit infrastructure has a negative effect on business revenue, and results in lost jobs and wages, according to a new study from the American Public Transportation Association.

PA Turnpike cracks down on $17 million in unpaid tolls

The Turnpike Commission has launched the first 19 criminal prosecutions against drivers across the state who have failed to pay.

 

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PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 19

May 15, 2018

CSVT North more than half completed

Slated for completion in 2022, the North Section of the CSVT (Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation) Project is roughly 66 percent completed, PennDOT officials noted during a recent visit with staff at The Standard-Journal.

Volkswagen settlement money to go toward cleaner vehicles, engines

Pennsylvania will use the $118 million it received in a settlement with Volkswagen to fund grants and rebates for cleaner vehicles and engines.

Where will money for Luzerne County’s $5 vehicle registration fee go?

Luzerne County officials insist an extra $5 fee could go a long way. They want to use the newly approved $5 vehicle registration fee to fix roads and bridges. The final details have not been worked out just yet, but right now, county leaders are focusing on three bridges that really need repairs.

Improvement projects bolster public transit, communities

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the commonwealth.

County council approves $5 vehicle registration fee

County council approved a $5 registration fee surcharge on Tuesday on vehicles registered to county addresses, to raise funds to repair county-owned roads and bridges.

 

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PennDOT continues strong lettings in April

May 7, 2018

PennDOT continued its 2018 construction letting season by issuing just over $210 million in projects in April, bringing the year-to-date total to almost $670 million according to numbers compiled by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).  PennDOT finished 2017 with just over $2.578 billion in project lettings.  PennDOT forecasted the 2017 letting program to be $2.4 billion and they anticipate the same for 2018.

As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.

To view the full April letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

April Letting Report* (PDF)

*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 18

May 7, 2018

Learning curve does not squelch Bath’s faith in state police coverage

State Police trooper will protect the borough starting July 1. The borough, which is home to about 2,700 people, opted out of their agreement with the Colonial Regional Police Department last year as they are unable to afford membership.

Our view: Luzerne County should OK $5 fee, but not as long-term fix

We feel that lawmakers should move ahead with the $5 plan, but only for one year, while the state match is available. They should include a very clear sunset provision so that this $5 fee doesn’t linger on into perpetuity, long after most people have forgotten about it.

As transit agencies inch toward electric buses, environmental groups want more progress

Environmental advocates in Pennsylvania want to see a faster switch to electric buses to help eliminate emissions that can worsen asthma and cause other health problems.

House considered speed camera bill in Pennsylvania

In 2013, Latanya Byrd’s 27-year-old niece Samara and her three children were hit and killed while crossing the street in Philadelphia. This is why Byrd joined others at the State Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 172.