PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 31

August 4, 2020

Coronavirus led to less traffic

The coronavirus pandemic upended commuting patterns in the Pittsburgh region. In the early months of Pennsylvania’s shutdown, traffic dropped by as much as 50 percent in Allegheny County, according to Streetlight Data. On average, PennDOT officials say vehicular traffic remains about 20 percent lower than normal.

Report: 49 percent of Americans support mileage fees

A report from the Mineta Transportation Institute found that nearly half of all Americans support a mileage fee and that 75 percent of Americans support a gas tax increase if the money is used on maintenance projects.

PennDOT deals with COVID-19

Western Pennsylvania has two seasons — winter and road construction — or so the old gag goes. But this year, construction season is overlapping with pandemic season. And PennDOT’s road crews are clad in suitable attire, including face coverings.

Fare hikes, layoffs, shutdowns possible for Pa. mass transit without billions in funding

People who rely on mass transit are concerned because their means to get around – as well as their jobs – could be in danger if critical funding isn’t provided quickly.

There’s not enough money to fix all of the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges, PennDOT says

The Wolf administration is projecting gas tax revenue could decline as much as $800 million over the next 18 months.\

PennDOT seeks public’s input with annual highway safety survey

PennDOT has released its annual online Highway Safety Survey and is encouraging motorists to take it.


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