PHIA News Digest – Vol 6, No. 5

February 2, 2021

CDC to require face masks on airlines, public transportation

Travelers on airplanes and public transportation like buses and subways will be required to wear face masks starting next week to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Pa. Turnpike transfers $337.5 million to PennDOT

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission paid PennDOT $337 million on Friday as part of its yearly Act 44 obligation. It includes two payments from last year that were deferred due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the regularly-scheduled quarterly payment.

Gov. Wolf urges Congress to prioritize critical infrastructure needs

As a new legislative session begins in the U.S. Congress, Gov. Tom Wolf today urged the Pennsylvania congressional delegation to prioritize critical infrastructure needs for the commonwealth as a part of any potential new stimulus package and infrastructure package.

PennDOT waives CDL test for qualified veterans

In an effort to help veterans with their transitions into civilian life, PennDOT and the DMVA are waving CDL requirements to qualified individuals.

Trucking industry warns tolls could ‘destroy’ businesses

A proposal to add tolls to some interstate bridges could “destroy” the state’s trucking industry, the head of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association told lawmakers Monday. The bridge tolling strategy “is the wrong approach to increasing the highway funding needed to keep Pennsylvania’s infrastructure sound,” said Joe Butzer, interim president of the PMTA. “This strategy will destroy the trucking industry,” he said.


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