PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 26

June 25, 2019

Pa. mayors urge legislature to approve protected bike lanes

If passed, House Bill 792 would allow vehicles to be parked within 12 inches of a buffer area separating them from the bikes. This would mean that bike lanes could run in between parked cars and the curb instead of next to moving traffic.

Pa. Senate panel advances bill to beef up ban on snow-topped cars

On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved the bill sponsored by Sens. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, and Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, that gives drivers 24 hours to clean off their vehicles.

Pennsylvania Senate panel advances local speed radar use

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that prohibits municipal police from enforcing speed limits with radar. Since 1961, only state troopers have been allowed to use radar. The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously on Wednesday, June 12, to advance a bill to change that distinction.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 25

June 17, 2019

Traffic fatalities increased in Pa. in 2018; still trending down in long term  

Statewide traffic deaths increased to 1,190 in 2018, up from a record low of 1,137 in 2017. Pennsylvania still had its third lowest recorded number of highway fatalities in 2018 and other longer-term trends also continued to decrease, according to data released Thursday by PennDOT.

Is 2019 the year local cops in Pa. will get radar?

The Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved by a 14-0 vote a bill, sponsored by Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe County, that would allow municipal police to use radar.

Annual auto emissions inspections could become a thing of the past in Pa.

Legislation bills aimed at modernizing Pennsylvania’s way of reducing air pollution through mandated vehicle inspections were approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday.

State needs volunteers to help it find an alternative to gas tax

Pennsylvania is looking for volunteers to participate in a study that could lead to gas taxes becoming a thing of the past. Read more

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Electric vehicle measure advances in PA House

June 13, 2019

House Bill 1392, the measure that would impose annual fees on all-electric vehicles, was approved by the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee this week and continues on in the legislative process.

Rep. Mike Carroll

Sponsored by Democratic Transportation Chairman Mike Carroll, the bill would eliminate the alternative fuel tax on electricity and replace it with a $150 fee for noncommercial electric vehicles and $250 for commercial vehicles.

The measure was conceived as a way to make sure that electric vehicles contribute to the upkeep of the roads and bridges on which they drive. Conventional vehicles contribute by paying a liquid fuels tax.

Republican Transportation Chairman Tim Hennessey, speaking at a PHIA Policy Breakfast on Tuesday, surmised that the bill will come to the full House when the General Assembly returns from its summer break. From there, it would be considered by the Senate before advancing to Governor Wolf for final approval.

“It’s important for public policy to change with the times, and this measure is an example of that,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “Electric vehicles cause as much wear and tear on our roads as traditional vehicles, and their owners need to pay a fair share.”

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 24

June 10, 2019

Restore PA: Everything you need to know about Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure plan

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled the details of Restore Pennsylvania, an initiative rebuild crumbling infrastructure, expand broadband access, and help communities fight blight.

Why you might be paying more for toll road travel and not even know it

In some states, how much you pay could depend on where you bought your E-ZPass transponder, as our friends at Stateline.org report.

Real ID’s slow start worries Pennsylvania officials

Fewer than 15 percent of those expected to get a Real ID have sought one in the first three months since Pennsylvania began issuing cards in March, according to PennDOT data.

Governor’s message: Pa. stands behind Philadelphia’s port

My administration is working to improve the transportation infrastructure of Pennsylvania, and the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) is no exception. More than $300 million in infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment investments are underway at PhilaPort through my Capital Investment Program and port development plan.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 23

June 4, 2019

Harrisburg leaders want answers before hiring engineer for impact study on I-83 expansion

Before the city of Harrisburg enters into a contract with an engineering firm to perform a traffic and community impact analysis on the proposed I-83 Capital Beltway project, council members would like to know how much the study would cost as well know the study’s timeline.

OPINION | It’s been a rough year for mass transit

With falling ridership and scrapped expansion projects, urban transit faces an uncertain future.

Pennsylvania’s rural roads, bridges have significant deficiencies and high fatality rates

America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s heartland, which is a critical source of energy, food and fiber. With increases in population and growing employment, rural America is heavily reliant on the quality of its transportation system to sustain further growth.

Governor announces 40 municipalities to receive Red Light Enforcement funds

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that PennDOT will distribute $15.4 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 38 municipalities statewide to fund 50 safety projects.

Our view: Pa. roads need lasting fix

Something as elemental as deploying tax dollars to maintain the roads and bridges that make our lives and livelihoods possible should be an urgent, universal priority, even in a state as geographically diverse as Pennsylvania.