PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 20

May 17, 2021

PennDOT, State Police participate in national ‘Click It Or Ticket’ event

With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are urging drivers to keep traffic safety top of mind when behind the wheel. The agencies will work with municipal police departments and other safety partners across the commonwealth to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt education and enforcement initiative from May 17 through June 6.

Rep. Kaufer hosts hearing on transportation funding proposal

Seeking to reengage economic investments in the Commonwealth, Kaufer, R-Kingston, chairman of the House Finance Tax Modernization and Reform Subcommittee, and Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne), chairman of the House Finance Committee, held an informational hearing regarding Kaufer’s House Bill 1177, which would establish the Transportation Reinvestment and Improvement Program and Transportation Reinvestment and Improvement Program Fund.

Biden has a plan to fix bridges may not be big enough

President Joe Biden wants to go big with his infrastructure plan. But a look at the state of America’s bridges shows he may not be going big enough.

PennDOT airport funding aims to improve economic, operational activity

Gov. Tom Wolf announced state grant funding, which will be directed to 12 airports, on May 12. The grants were issued through PennDOT’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, which directs dollars from the state’s General Fund to public-use airports for improving aviation infrastructure.

Panel ponders how to get rid of gas tax

Members of a panel exploring how to shift away from the gas tax said Thursday that the state will need short-term solutions, like increasing vehicle registration fees, in addition to longer-term changes, like developing a system to charge drivers based on the miles they travel.

Pittsburghers divided over city’s push for bike lanes

May is National Bike Month, and there’s an increased focus on bicyclist safety. In Pittsburgh, the issue is front and center as the city installs miles and miles of bike lanes. But those bike lanes are a great divide for Pittsburghers.

Pennsylvania announces projects to receive multimodal funding

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that 43 projects in 21 counties were selected for $45.9 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund allocations.

PennDOT begins posting variable speed limits on Kaefer’s I-76

PennDOT has recently posted Variable Speed Limits and Queue Detection and Warning messages along 14 miles of I-76 between King of Prussia and Philadelphia.

Pa. Turnpike is gouging E-ZPass users for millions, driver claims

A motorist who claims tens of thousands of E-ZPass users are being gouged for millions of dollars in unjustified charges and fines by the Pennsylvania Turnpike is trying to drive home her allegations in a lawsuit filed in Dauphin County Court.

New study: Electric vehicle expansion could help Pa. meet climate goals

Transportation made up 24 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania in 2017. Most of those were produced by light-duty vehicles such as cars, vans, SUVs, and pickup trucks.

Automated vehicles are already on Pa. roads

Although completely driverless cars may still be relegated to the realm of science fiction, automated vehicles are already being driven on Pennsylvania’s roadways. To learn more about what Pennsylvanians think and know about automated vehicles, the state’s Department of Transportation is asking residents to complete a survey.

Closed bridges, broken highways cost drivers hundreds per year

PennDOT plans to spend $7.2 billion repairing or replacing 1,460 of the Commonwealth’s deteriorating bridges. An NBC10 investigation found more than 4,200 in need of repair in the Keystone State. Faulty bridges and roads add big bucks to drivers’ costs every year.


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