PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 7

February 12, 2024

I-95 closure dates announced for the southbound lanes of the highway in Philly

All lanes of I-95 southbound will be shut down between 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 and 5 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 26. between Exit 22 (I-676/Callowhill St.) and the Morris Street on-ramp.

Status of using highway shoulders as additional lanes on Blue Route and Schuylkill Expressway

Using the shoulders to alleviate congestion is still in the works, however, drivers won’t see tangible changes for a couple of years, said PennDOT spokesperson Brad Rudolph.

Budget expected to move more state police funding away from gas tax

One of the linchpins of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s public safety plan in the 2024-25 budget proposal is a continued shift away from funding the Pennsylvania State Police out of the state’s motor license fund, which draws primarily from gas tax revenue.

State Rep. Joe McAndrew to chair of Public Transportation subcommittee

State Rep. Joe McAndrew was appointed chair of the House subcommittee on Public Transportation, his office announced Friday.

Impending crisis with public transit puts Lehigh Valley economy, workforce at risk

Transit connects workers to jobs and students to classes. Transit assists seniors in accessing medical services and opportunities for socialization, both of which are vital for their health. And practically speaking, transit lessens congestion on our crowded roadways and spurs economic growth.

In a united front, state reps highlight new Pa. budget priorities

With major increases in funding for education and SEPTA, without any tax hikes, members of the Philadelphia House delegation laid out the major aspirations of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

$40 million federal grant paves road for Pittsburgh to acquire electric buses

Bella Patton was among a group of schoolchildren Thursday on the South Side who toured the new type of bus that will soon join the fleet of vehicles serving Pittsburgh Public Schools students.

Philly Dems: SEPTA boost just one highlight for city in Shapiro budget proposal

Funding for SEPTA represents a sizable chunk of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s proposed budget for transit spending in Pennsylvania, but Philadelphia lawmakers say it’s not the only way the budget would benefit the region.

PennDOT begins $73 million Parkway East project in Churchill

Work will begin overnight Wednesday on the first major road project of the construction season: a $73 million upgrade of the Parkway East between Churchill and Monroeville.


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