PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 24

June 14, 2021

Pa. Turnpike unveils possible remedy to issue of truck parking

Pennsylvania is in the middle of the nationwide truck parking problem, where an initial lack of parking spots has gotten worse amid the dramatic growth of e-commerce and its need for home deliveries.

All PennDOT driver’s license, photo centers will close in observance of Juneteenth

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers will be closed on Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth.

Senate committee unveils rail and transportation safety bill

The Senate Commerce Committee unveiled a bipartisan bill Thursday to provide $78 billion in funding for rail networks, major grant programs and road safety agencies, a second jigsaw piece in efforts to put together a transportation spending package.

House panel advances $547 billion surface transportation bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced, 38-26, a five-year, $547 billion surface transportation bill largely along party lines early Thursday morning. Two Republicans, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Jenniffer González-Colón of Puerto Rico, supported the bill.

All the Pa. projects in U.S. House Dems’ $547B transportation bill

U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process.

Pa. Senate bill aims for statewide EV infrastructure

The Pennsylvania Senate is considering legislation (SB 435) requiring the State’s electric distribution utilities to build out transportation electrification infrastructure statewide.

Pittman’s transportation funding bill passes committee

State Senator Joe Pittman has announced the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved legislation concerning diverting state funds from essential transportation improvement projects to support the Pennsylvania State Police.

Selling Americans on electric vehicles handicapped by charging time

If the auto industry is to succeed in its bet that electric vehicles will soon dominate the roads, it will need to overcome a big reason why many people are still avoiding them: fear of running out of juice between Point A and Point B.


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