PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 52

December 28, 2022

Pa. gas tax expected to rise in 2023

PennDOT said there is a trigger in a 2013 state law that is prompting the boost of a few cents.

Some Pa. lawmakers want to prevent future automatic gas tax hikes

Pennsylvania’s taxes on gas and diesel are going up in 2023 because of a state law. The move is already drawing a response from some state lawmakers who want to keep this automatic increase from happening again.

Fern Hollow Bridge officially reopens

Less than one year after it collapsed on a cold January day, Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge has reopened to traffic.

Consortium closes on first package of P3 bridge program

Bridging Pennsylvania Partners, a consortium comprised of Macquarie Capital and S&B USA Concessions – through Bridging Pennsylvania Developer I, LLC – has reached financial close with PennDOT of the first package of the Major Bridge P3 Program.


PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 51

December 19, 2022

Pa. ranks sixth in the nation for animal collisions

According to PennDOT, there were more than 5,700 deer-related crashes in 2021, up from almost 5,600 in 2020.

Gov. Wolf announces $5 million in grant funding to improve traffic safety

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 20 municipalities will receive a total of $5 million in grant funding to install and maintain traffic signal technologies through PennDOT’s Traffic Signal Technologies Grant program.

New Amtrak trains coming for northeast routes, including NY, NJ, PA

The 83 new trains, which will replace 40- and 50-year-old fleets, will debut on 14 routes, including the

Wolf administration invests $26 million in rail infrastructure

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of 24 rail freight improvement projects that will enhance freight mobility while creating or sustaining more than 340 jobs across Pennsylvania. The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $26 million for the following projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 50

December 14, 2022

‘Plastic roads’ are paved with good intention

Transportation officials in multiple states are testing whether roads made from grocery bags, juice cartons, printer ink cartridges or other discarded plastic can make pavement last longer, save money and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

Turnpike’s Scranton Beltway hearing postponed until next year

The proposed Scranton Beltway project is delayed again and that means more waiting, frustration and anger for South Abington Twp. residents who live near the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Wolf administration, AARP highlight safety for mature drivers

Approximately 25% of Pennsylvania’s 9.1 million licensed drivers are 65 and older. In 2021 there were more than 19,700 crashes involving at least one driver aged 65 or older, which resulted in over 300 total fatalities. This represents about 17% of all crashes and about 25% of all fatalities.

Crashes, travel time are down on I-76. This is why

PennDOT says it’s seeing a reduction in both the number of crashes and travel time after launching a pilot program to change speeds along I-76 from King of Prussia to the U.S. Route 1 Interchange in Philadelphia.

Work zone cameras target speeders to keep road crews safe

The pilot program will be up for a vote next year and could end in Feb. 2024 unless officials decide to extend it.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 49

December 6, 2022

REAL ID: Dept. of Homeland Security delays deadline to 2025

The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the deadline for air travelers to have a REAL ID another two years, the agency announced Monday. The program, which was to begin in May 2023, will now not go into effect until May 7, 2025.

Pa. Turnpike to implement open-road tolling in 2024

The 82-year-old Pennsylvania Turnpike is getting its next upgrade and stepping into the future in its cashless journey, by implementing open road tolling. Starting in late 2024, toll booth plazas will be a thing of the past.

‘We’re going to open here right before Christmas’

Another milestone was reached this week toward the opening of the new Fern Hollow Bridge. Crucial pieces for the last step are arriving on site.

Route 150 in Bellefonte reopens after wall collapse

PennDOT officials announced Thursday that Route 150 in Bellefonte would be reopened, by 3 p.m. following the weeks-long detour caused by the partial wall collapse last month.

Revenue Dept. releases November collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $257.2 million for the month, $7.9 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 $1.2 billion, which is $16.8 million, or 1.4 percent, above estimate.

Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection announces initiative to electrify freight trucks

The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection launched an initiative Thursday to support a shift toward electric freight trucks.

Deana’s Law for repeat DUI offenders now in effect in PA 

Deana’s Law, toughening penalties for repeat DUI offenders, went into effect in November after a long journey through the state legislature, reports The Morning Call.

New Pa. Turnpike tolling system to pave way for 3 new exits

Even after cash tolls went away, toll collection on the Pennsylvania Turnpike has not only monetary costs but also environmental ones. That’s because you have to slow down before you speed up again to use the fast road, which wastes gas, not to mention time.