PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 11

March 11, 2019

CAT faces multi-million-dollar shortfall as lawsuit over Pa. Turnpike tolls lingers in court

Capital Area Transit is under new management, but now that state funding has been put on hold, any improvements the bus service has been making could stall out.

Lawmakers upbeat on ag budget proposal

Gov. Tom Wolf’s $24 million package to help Pennsylvania farmers has passed its first test in the legislature. During budget hearings this week, Appropriations Committee members in both chambers appeared generally favorable to the proposal.

State to begin study of hyperloop technology, potential Pittsburgh-to-Philadelphia route

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission this week approved a four-year contract worth up to $2 million for consultant AECOM to review the potential for a hyperloop system that would extend across the state.

Plan envisions adapting roads, expanding trails for walkers and bikers countywide

A plan scheduled for adoption next month aims at nothing less than “changing the culture of transportation” in Lancaster County. Currently in draft form, the 166-page Lancaster Active Transportation Plan envisions a county where communities are linked by trails for walking and biking.

State police issue 2K citations to commercial drivers during storms

State police noted enforcement wasn’t as extensive during this past Sunday’s storm, when commercial vehicle restrictions occurred on fewer miles of road in the central and eastern sections of the state. That was reflected in generally lower traffic incident numbers — 245 citations, 14 warnings and eight commercial vehicle wrecks on restricted roads.

City and autonomous vehicle companies agree to testing guidelines

An executive order signed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday outlines objectives and expectations for the safe testing of autonomous vehicles in the city.


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