PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 39

October 2, 2023

New cars are supposed to be getting safer. So why are fatalities on the rise?

Roadway deaths in the U.S. are mounting, despite government test data showing vehicles have been getting safer. While the number of all car-related fatalities has trended upward over the last decade, pedestrians and cyclists have seen the sharpest rise: over 60% between 2011 and 2022.

Self-driving vehicle testing in Pittsburgh area shifting gears to focus on trucking industry

Companies and investors are looking at vehicles in more predictable scenarios — think trucks on the interstate rather than in city traffic — to advance self-driving technology.

PA receives $11.3 million federal grant for freight rail improvements in western PA

PennDOT is the recipient of a $11,250,367 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant through the Federal Railroad Association (FRA). The grant funds will support the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad’s (BPRR) Rebuilding Western Pennsylvania project, one of 70 projects to receive a share of $1.4 billion in funding.


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