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.


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