PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 44

October 31, 2022

Pa. passes legislation to strengthen Turnpike toll collection efforts

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is welcoming the passage of House Bill 1486 on Thursday that will strengthen ongoing efforts to hold motorists who don’t pay their tolls accountable.

Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle companies react to Argo shutdown

While Pittsburgh’s business community continues to process the demise of self-driving technology company Argo AI, leaders at other driverless tech firms in the city insist that different market niches, coupled with newly-approved legislation, will help them to weather a turbulent market.

3% toll hike coming to NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway

Get ready to pay more to drive on some roads in New Jersey. Tolls are going to increase by 3% on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.



PennDOT on track to meet 2022 lettings projection

October 28, 2022

PennDOT has crossed the $2 billion mark in lettings for this calendar year, and with two months remaining, appears to be well on the way toward hitting the year’s projection of $2.5 billion.

The good news is that federal dollars, an improving economy and a rollback of funds diverted from the Motor License Fund for State Police operations have managed to keep PennDOT’s capital program where it has been in recent years. Still, Pennsylvania is under-investing in its transportation infrastructure, as are many other states.

At next month’s APC fall seminar, PennDOT will announce its projection for the 2023 capital program. We look forward to seeing how things will shape up next year.

To view the PennDOT letting history, click HERE.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 43

October 24, 2022

President Biden visits Fern Hollow Bridge

President Biden visited Pittsburgh at the site of the Fern Hollow Bridge to highlight the importance of investing in infrastructure and the importance of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. He was joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Secretary Buttigieg visits Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was in Philadelphia Thursday, visiting the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia to talk about potential contracting opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses.

Electric-powered trucks rule clears Pa. Senate panel

A bill moving through the Pennsylvania Senate would adopt rules to permit heavier trucks in certain situations. The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 18, to adopt a federal weight exemption for electric-powered trucks. The rule is already in place in the majority of states.

Pa. House-passed automated vehicle bill clears Senate committee

The Transportation Committee voted 8-5 in favor of an amended House Bill 2398 to change the Motor Vehicle Code to allow an HAV to be tested under an automated driving system without a human in the driver’s seat.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 42

October 19, 2022

Gov. Hogan announces improvements to address MD portion of U.S. 219

The plan advances the governor’s pledge to address Maryland’s portion of the U.S. 219 corridor between I-68 and Meyerdale, Pa. to improve safety, expand economic opportunity, and reinforce the regional supply chain.

PennDOT updating cost estimates to finish central Pa. thruway project

Before the jump in inflation, PennDOT estimated the total cost of the 12.4-mile limited access highway in central Pennsylvania would be $900 million.

Pa. to receive $2.6B for fixing roads, bridges and tunnels

Philadelphia and Pennsylvania roads, bridges, and tunnels could be getting a major facelift in the coming years, as federal officials announced $2.6 billion in infrastructure funding for the state.

Expect more EV charging stations as states tap into federal funds

The funding, which comes from the 2021 federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will be distributed to the states over five years. States can tap into $1.5 billion of it from fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to help build a network of stations along highway corridors that cover about 75,000 miles.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 41

October 11, 2022

Election 2022: What would Shapiro and Mastriano do about Pa.’s infrastructure?

If there is one thing all Pennsylvanians can agree on — regardless of where they live, what political party they support, whether they prefer Wawa or Sheetz — it’s that the roads are terrible.

PennDOT accepting public-private partnership proposals

The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) announced today that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through October 31.

Revenue Department releases September collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $252.8 million for the month, $34.3 million above estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $733.4 million, which is $9.6 million, or 1.3 percent, above estimate.