PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 39

September 29, 2020

PennDOT to resume motorcycle safety courses

PennDOT, through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, is partnering with multiple vendors to resume motorcycle safety training classes for state residents through a statewide pilot program.

Tougher ‘Move Over’ bill passes unanimously in Pa. Senate

By a 49-0 vote, the Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that rebrands the state’s “Steer Clear” law enacted in 2017 to the “Move Over” law. It would assign points to a motorist’s license as well as doubles the current fines for those found failing to move over to a non-adjacent lane when approaching an emergency response area, or if that’s not possible, slowing to at least 20 mph below the speed limit.

DCNR designates planned Schuylkill-to-Susquehanna Greenway

To be classified as a Statewide Major Greenway, a corridor must be at least 50 miles long, pass through two or more counties, and be recognized in official planning documents. Major greenways also receive the highest priority when allocating trail funds.

Learn the benefits and basics of driving electric vehicles in a free webinar

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and PennDOT will hold a free public informational webinar on the benefits and basics of driving electric vehicles on Sept. 30 at 11 AM, and again on Oct. 1 at 6 PM as part of National Drive Electric Week.

Speed cameras slowing drivers through Pa. work zones

PennDOT says cameras set up in construction zones are slowing some drivers down — but not all.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 38

September 21, 2020

PennDOT says highly automated vehicles have ‘potential to help make transportation safer’

The state secretary of transportation said that there were more than 125,000 reports of crashes in Pennsylvania last year, killing 1,059 people. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 94 percent of those crashes were from driver error. Officials think highly automated vehicles can improve those numbers.

PennDOT issues Real IDs in PA after coronavirus delay

PennDOT has started reissuing Real ID driver’s licenses Wednesday after the coronavirus outbreak forced a six-month pause in operations. The licenses are one way Pennsylvania residents can meet security rules going into effect in October 2021 that will determine who can board a domestic flight or enter certain government facilities.

‘Steer Clear’ law revisions advance in Pennsylvania

The Senate Transportation Committee voted to advance the bill to improve safety on the state’s roadways. If approved by the legislature, the bill would mark the second time in four years revisions have been made to the safety rule.

Report: Moving to fully electric vehicles could save lives, improve climate

It’s no secret that pollution is harmful in many ways to both, the planet and the people. Now, a new American Lung Association report called “Road to Clean Air” claims a transition to zero-emissions electric vehicles by 2050 could save thousands of lives and improve our climate and economy.

Harrisburg officials present plan for safer State Street

Their goal was to engage with residents about coming changes to State Street – an area that was once named the deadliest road in the nation for pedestrians. And over the past two years, the city’s Vision Zero project has studied the statistics and consulted with residents to see how they could make the road safer for people to cross.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 37

September 15, 2020

Tolls on N.J. Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and A.C. Expressway are going up

The increases, which have met with opposition in recent months as financial impacts from the pandemic continue to burden residents, will help fund construction projects.

Pa. could lose manufacturing jobs because of public transportation’s funding crisis

Public transportation’s funding crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic could cost jobs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by impacting billions in spending on goods from rail cars to construction services.

Bayfront Parkway project receives $21 million in federal BUILD grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers announced Thursday the project will receive $21 million in federal BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Grant funds.

Truck drivers ‘fearful’ of whether they’ll find open, clean facilities as they travel through Pa.

When federal and state officials began repeating the message to increase sanitation standards and hygiene care to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, at least one industry deemed essential – trucking – found itself stuck on how to do that.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 36

September 9, 2020

PennDOT accepting applications under Multimodal Transportation Fund

PennDOT today announced that applications will be accepted to fund new transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund through Nov. 6.

PA lawmakers may enact stiffer penalties for violating state traffic law

The Move Over bill makes updates to the state’s existing Steer Clear law. The bill would affect any driver who comes upon an incident that is in the road or on the side of it. The driver has to move over.

PennDOT data shows Pennsylvania roundabouts reducing fatalities, injuries and crashes

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that fatalities, injuries, and crashes decreased overall at 22 roundabouts at 19 locations after they were built, according to department data.

Inclined Plane rehab back on track

Propelled with a $500,000 Save America’s Treasures grant and resolution of a state-funding glitch, the $6.4 million rehabilitation of Johnstown Inclined Plane is back on track.

PennDOT extends expiration dates

PennDOT announced that in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts, expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents through Sept. 30.



Roundabouts again shown to improve safety

September 3, 2020

PennDOT released a report this week that once again verifies that roundabouts are considerably safer than the intersections they replace.

PennDOT examined data gathered at 22 roundabouts on state routes at intersections that previously had been controlled with traffic signals or stop signs. All 22 had at least three years of crash data available before and after the roundabout was built.

The data showed that suspected serious injuries were reduced by 78 percent, suspected minor injuries were reduced by 62 percent, possible/unknown severity injuries were reduced by 82 percent, and property damage-only crashes increased by 20 percent.

Most impressive is that the study showed that, through 2019, fatalities were reduced to zero, and crashes overall were reduced by 24 percent.

“Pennsylvania didn’t have many roundabouts until recent years, and many people were concerned that they would actually cause more accidents,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “But the data prove that the opposite is true. And not only are they safer, they usually improve traffic flow as well.”

PennDOT notes that 34 other roundabouts have been built on state routes, with another 40 in design.

To learn more about roundabouts, visit PennDOT’s roundabout page at this link.