PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 7

February 15, 2022

PennDOT vows to make driving EVs more accessible

With Pennsylvania set to invest millions of federal and state dollars in electric vehicles over the next few years, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has vowed to make sure no one is left out.

Couple injured in Fern Hollow Bridge collapse to sue

A Penn Hills couple injured when Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed last month will sue Port Authority of Allegheny County, PennDOT and the City of Pittsburgh.

Infrastructure law gives state $171.5M for EV chargers

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Energy announced Thursday Pennsylvania is eligible for up to $171.5 million for projects related to electric vehicle (EV) charging under a new program started by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Centre officials approve fee for local use

As expected, the additional annual $5 fee for non-exempt vehicles registered in Centre County will remain in place for another five years.

First steps for demolition of Fern Hollow Bridge underway

Major work continues at the site of the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge, more than a week after it crumbled under a Port Authority bus and several other vehicles.

Committee approves Laughlin scooter legislation

Legislation seeking to ensure low-speed scooters are properly regulated within Pennsylvania’s vehicle code was reported to the full Senate out of the Senate Transportation Committee, according to the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 892, Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-49.

Sen. Flynn’s Turnpike reform bill passes Transportation Committee 

The Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation introduced by Senator Marty Flynn (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) to update and improve the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s method of collecting and reporting on tolls.

NTSB report: Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge collapse started on Squirrel Hill side

The collapse of Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge likely started on the west, or Squirrel Hill, side of the span, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Monday.

Rep. Carroll not seeking re-election in 118th Legislative District

State Rep. Mike Carroll Friday announced he will not seek the Democratic nomination to serve the 118th Legislative District in the upcoming primary election.

Options to end Pennsylvania gas tax could cost you more

There are new proposals to reduce or eliminate Pennsylvania’s gas tax, which is one of the highest in the nation. But these alternatives could cost you more.

Pa. budget plan drops state police fee for towns, lowers reliance on infrastructure funds

Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2022 budget makes good on plans to reduce State Police reliance on funds generally earmarked for highway construction, repair and safety by shifting the cost burden to the general fund.

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