PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 47

November 26, 2019

SEPTA Board names PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards as next general manager

The SEPTA board voted unanimously on Nov. 21 to appoint PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards as the authority’s new general manager. Richards will join SEPTA in January, following the retirement of General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel.

Pa. looking to address transportation funding for PennDOT, Turnpike in next year’s budget

In the first indication that the state Legislature might be willing to deal with the issues as soon as next year, a state House Republican task force Wednesday recommended sweeping changes in how Pennsylvania funds its roads, bridges, state police and public transit.

PA: Transportation among top concerns at independent living forum

People with disabilities and their advocates seem to agree on one thing: The County of Lackawanna Transit System and other transportation agencies provide great service — except when they don’t.

Pennsylvania testing new traffic restriction plan this winter

A new draft process in place in Pennsylvania for when and how the state will restrict vehicles — especially trucks — during snowstorms and other bad weather is aimed at reducing the burden on truckers when winter weather hits.

Hyperloop Great Lakes study preview: Feasible and highly profitable

Results from the Great Lakes Hyperloop Feasibility Study, undertaken by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, suggest that a system connecting Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh is not only feasible but profitable.

Senate Policy Committee to review PennDOT’s commitments to local funding

The Senate Majority Policy Committee will review regional highway funding during an upcoming public hearing at the Maidencreek Township Municipal Building in Blandon.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 46

November 18, 2019

Study: More than 500M pieces of litter strewn along Pennsylvania roads

An estimated 500 million pieces of litter were strewn along Pennsylvania roads in 2018-2019, with cigarette butts and plastic food packaging, bottles and bags ranking among the most commonly picked-up items, according to the Pennsylvania Litter Research Study.

Pa. infuses nearly $79.3 million into infrastructure improvements in 42 counties

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the approval of 141 new projects through the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF). The projects will improve Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure and ensure safer, more reliable transportation for residents and businesses. The projects total nearly $79.3 million in funding.

With FAST Act transportation bill set to expire, states face large potential losses in funding

A BUDGETARY QUIRK TO A 2015 transportation funding bill is set to slash $7.6 billion to certain types of national transportation funding in 2020, eating into transportation budget baselines in states such as Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Harrisburg leaders don’t want I-83 expansion project to ‘further separate’ city neighborhoods

Harrisburg officials are preparing to ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to honor expert recommendations that differ from its current I-83 Capital Beltway project plans in South Harrisburg.

Lamb tapped to fill vacancy on prominent House Transportation Committee

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb has been picked to serve on the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, filling the vacancy created by the recent death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

 

News

Automated speed enforcement cameras are up and running

November 13, 2019

The 60-day clock has begun for the “pre-enforcement testing period” of automated speed cameras in Pennsylvania highway work zones. That means fines for traveling more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit could begin to be levied as soon as mid-January.

At present, there are two speed cameras in operation. One is on I-78 between mile markers 35 and 43, and the other on I-476 between mile markers 31 and 38.

As is the case in Maryland, the Commonwealth will let you know exactly where they are deployed. All one needs to do is visit the work zone cameras website, conveniently found at workzonecameras.penndot.gov. Additionally, there will be two warning signs in advance of any automated work zone.

Once enforcement begins, owners of offending vehicles will receive a violation notice in the mail. A first offense will result in a warning, a second offense a $75 fine and subsequent offenses fines of $150. There will be no points assessed on drivers’ licenses.

Maryland’s automated speed enforcement program has been in place for several years and has proven to be successful in encouraging motorists to slow down. When the program began, 7 percent of drivers were in violation. Today, the violation rate has dropped to less than 1 percent.

“While the new law focuses on active work zones, where workers are present, the traveling public can also benefit from reducing speeds in work zones,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 80 percent of victims of work-zone fatalities are drivers or passengers.”

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 45

November 12, 2019

Most of work on thruway bridge over Susquehanna River about to end for winter

The last of the steel girders for the nearly mile-long Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River will be erected this week.

Pennsylvania lags behind in highway safety

Not until early 2020 will motorists who violate Pennsylvania work zone speed limits experience lighter wallets and pocketbooks under provisions of Act 86 of 2018, which authorizes speed cameras in highway construction and repair areas.

Fitzpatrick joins call urging Congress support a federal infrastructure package

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) on Nov. 1 made a public plea for Congress to support a nationwide federal infrastructure package that would improve the nation’s economy, workforce, public safety, and the environment alongside overdue fixes for America’s roads, rails, bridges, highways, water, power and other related systems.

Slow down in work zones

Drivers can make roads safer by simply slowing down and obeying traffic limits. Motorists who drive 11 mph or more through work zones are putting themselves, other drivers and highway workers at risk of injury or death and by doing so, deserve a speeding ticket.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 44

November 4, 2019

Pa. Turnpike plans to go cashless by fall 2021; toll collector jobs would be phased out

After four years of testing, the Pennsylvania Turnpike says it plans to move ahead with a $129 million project to become a completely cashless toll system in two years, eliminating hundreds of toll-collecting and auditing positions along the way.

PA lawmakers vote to expand clean transportation

The Pennsylvania Senate’s Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee today voted to advance the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act, a bipartisan effort to significantly advance electric vehicles and charging stations across the state while helping tackle one of the biggest sources of climate pollution in the region: transportation.

Work zone speed cameras to be deployed statewide

Cameras to detect speeding in Pennsylvania’s roadway work zones will begin limited operation next week ahead of their use statewide early next year.

New auto port terminal opens in South Philly

More new cars are arriving at the Port of Philadelphia now that a processing facility is officially open next to the Navy Yard, and it’s the city’s first new port terminal in 45 years.

Driver-free shuttles could be arriving in Pennsylvania

20 states have implemented a form of automated shuttles on their roadways. Now, lawmakers here in Pennsylvania are looking to add the Commonwealth to that group.