PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 1

January 3, 2024

Year in review: Pa. transportation

Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure is a constant focus of legislative attention, fitting for a state with multitudes of bridges, roads, weather, and terrain that means unending maintenance costs.

Pa.’s electric vehicle marathon

The Biden administration set a target for electric vehicles, or EVs, to account for half of all new vehicle sales by 2030. However, concerns about vehicle cost, range anxiety and limited charging infrastructure have led to slower-than-expected adoption rates.

Pa. drivers to see more automatic speed checks in work zones in 2024

According to the 2023 AWZSE Annual Report, there has been a 47% reduction in excessive speeding (11+ mph over the speed limit) in work zones and 38% in overall speeding (1+ mph over the speed limit) since the program began in March 2020. The initiative has been fully supported by the Turnpike Commission, PennDOT and the Pa. State Police.

States warn of ‘Band-Aids and duct tape’ for road maintenance

Across the country, state transportation departments are warning that public safety is at risk if lawmakers don’t overhaul how road maintenance gets funded.

Why PA Turnpike tolls are increasing in 2024

The Pennsylvania Turnpike might be taking a toll on your wallet, but not paying them can put you in the fast lane to even higher costs.

Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority hires firm to develop service plan

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority got some big news recently that has given a boost to the effort to restore passenger rail service from Reading to Philadelphia with stops in Pottstown and Phoenixville.


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