PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 50

December 19, 2023

Automated work zone speed cameras reauthorized

State lawmakers and Gov. Josh Shapiro this week reauthorized the deployment of automated speed cameras that are primarily used in work zones to deter speeding in areas where people maintenance or construction crews are often separated from fast-moving traffic by cones or channelizing device.

Shapiro recounts 2023 accomplishments

Since taking office, Governor Shapiro and his administration have gotten stuff done by repairing our roads and bridges, investing in infrastructure, and supporting Pennsylvania’s state parks – from reopening a portion of I-95 in Philadelphia just 12 days after its collapse to delivering the largest investment in state parks in decades.

Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to transition to cashless tolling

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced its plan to shift its network of toll bridges to cashless all-electronic toll collections by January 2025.

Municipalities ill-equipped to apply for transportation grants

Though small localities qualify for state and federal funds to match transportation projects, they have a devil of a time getting them. PennDOT’s State Transportation Commission has cast its attention on the problem, partnering with the Center for Rural Pennsylvania to survey the issues and suggest more state matching funds to overcome some hurdles and change some property tax rules.

Pa. invests $42.5 million in 25 rail projects

PennDOT announced the approval of 25 rail freight improvement projects that will enhance freight mobility while creating or sustaining nearly 300 jobs across Pennsylvania.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 49

December 11, 2023

Bob Donnan: Pa. must build EV infrastructure

As Pennsylvania continues to make significant strides toward a cleaner and more sustainable future, it is crucial that we seize the opportunity to leverage federal investments in building out our electric vehicle infrastructure.

Casey, Fetterman announce $144M grant to expand Amtrak’s Philly to Pgh. service

U.S. Sens Bob Casey (D-PA) and John Fetterman (D-PA) on Wednesday announced a $143.6 million Federal Railroad Administration grant for track and safety improvements that will support expanded Amtrak passenger service between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

PennDOT mulls several big fixes for truck parking problem

During a meeting of the State Transportation Advisory Committee on Thursday, recommendations include state incentives for truck parking, repurposing state-owned properties, and adding parking into economic development projects and county comprehensive plans.

Cities hope AI camera enforcement can improve bus service

Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., are using bus-mounted cameras with AI technology to better enforce parking violations, hoping to clear transit lanes of vehicles and make public transit faster and safer.

Pa. receives $110 million in grants for wildlife road crossing safety

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will receive $840,000 to develop a comprehensive statewide strategic plan with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Game Commission, and others to address the wide-ranging challenges and opportunities associated with the safe management and stewardship for wildlife crossings across the state.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 48

December 5, 2023

Why are roundabouts becoming popular in Pennsylvania?

PennDOT states that roundabouts offer improved safety due to them having “fewer conflict points, slower speeds, and easier decision-making.” The Federal Highway Administration adds that the only movement at an entry or exit in a roundabout is a right turn. Which reduces the frequency and severity of accidents.

Over 20K crashes in Pa. involved drivers ages 65

In a release compiling data from 2022, PennDOT says that an average of 25% of Pennsylvania’s 9.1 million licensed drivers are 65 years old and up. In 2022, there were 20,590 crashes involving at least one driver aged 65 or older that resulted in 287 total fatalities. This represents 17.7% of all crashes and 24.3% of all fatalities.

Automated speed enforcement could stick around

Several speed enforcement programs across the state are expected to expire in the next few months – However, new legislation could extend those programs for several more years. One such program is called the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement, a pilot program launched in 2020 to keep drivers and road workers safe.

Revenue Department releases November collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $273.6 million for the month, $5.8 million below 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 $1.3 billion, which is $10.0 million, or 0.7 percent, below estimate.