PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 22

June 4, 2018

Feds should step up

PennDOT contractors have been making tremendous headway in repairing a landslide along Route 30 in East Pittsburgh, and we hope state and federal disaster officials come through in equally fine fashion to help pay for the region’s many landslides.

Seniors making transition to the SEPTA key

With thousands of seniors moving to the future of fare payment with the SEPTA Key Senior Photo Identification Card, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will phase-out the paper PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Card at the end of the service day on Aug. 31.

$11.7M reconstruction set of Business Route 422 in Berks County

PennDOT has announced that work is scheduled to begin Monday, June, 4 to reconstruct Perkiomen Avenue/Business Route 422 in the City of Reading, Mt. Penn and St. Lawrence boroughs and Exeter Township.

Casey: Trump lacks urgency for infrastructure funding

Sen. Bob Casey on Thursday said he’s disappointed with President Donald Trump’s inaction on infrastructure funding, especially because Casey for years has been working across the aisle with Republicans on the issue.

Will self-driving vehicles finally bring broadband to rural America?

Autonomous vehicles will need ubiquitous connectivity, and there’s a role for government and industry to finally make it happen.

Bike-share brings Ford full circle

Henry Ford put America on wheels. His first car, the Quadricycle, rode on four bicycle wheels and managed a top speed of 20 miles per hour.

Port of Philadelphia development project expected to generate $100M in tax revenue

Two large cranes, capable of unloading the world’s largest container ships, recently arrived along the Delaware River. The equipment is expected to make the port more competitive.

University Park Airport nets $2.2 million state grant

University Park Airport is getting ready to begin a more than $6 million expansion, with the help of a $2.2 million state grant. This expansion means the airport will be able to handle greater capacity in the future.

Cashless tolling, rate hike to begin Sunday on turnpike’s Findlay Connector

Cashless tolling and increased rates are set to take effect Sunday on the Findlay Connector section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Southern Beltway in Allegheny and Washington counties.

PennDOT names new district executive in Erie region

James Foringer replaces Bill Petit, who retired earlier this year.

Guest editorial: Time for action on I-81 improvements

It is long past time for action on expanding the capacity of I-81 in Cumberland County, and, frankly, throughout the region.



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