PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 14

April 1, 2024

Baltimore Key Bridge collapse could impact Philly port

The Baltimore port is now inaccessible, meaning nearby ports need to absorb the traffic.

PennDOT offers support to Maryland amid Baltimore bridge collapse

Pennsylvania’s top officials are now also speaking out. Newswatch 16 met up with PennDOT Secretary of Transportation Mike Carroll at an event in Berwick.

Mayor Parker, Philly port pledge support for Baltimore after bridge collapse

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker and the Port of Philadelphia said Tuesday the city will provide support as needed to assist in Baltimore’s recovery from the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which was struck overnight by a cargo ship that lost control due to a suspected power failure.

‘It is not going to be simple,’ transportation secretary says of Baltimore bridge rebuild

Discussions about rebuilding the Francis Scott Key Bridge were underway Wednesday, just one day after a cargo ship crashed into the structure.

PennDOT accepting unsolicited Public-Private Partnership proposals

The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects, infrastructure and services. During this period, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports. Proposals can also include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs. Unsolicited proposals will be accepted through 11:59 PM on April 30.

Pa. sees 45% increase in EVs

Pennsylvania has seen dramatic growth in electric vehicle ownership, with a 45% rise compared to a year ago as state and federal funds drive the buildout of public charging stations on its main highways.

States see transportation funding threats from EVs and hybrids

States may eventually be forced to overhaul the way they pay for road construction and maintenance. But when and how they can do that remain open questions.

PennDOT-backed study ID’s 5 potential routes for Lehigh Valley passenger rail restoration

It presents five potential routes that could be used for restoring passenger rail service to Allentown – two would connect to New York City via NJ Transit, two would connect to Philadelphia via SEPTA and the fifth would connect to Reading, assuming a future Reading-Philadelphia connection is also established.


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