PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 26

June 24, 2024

NTSB hosting final public meetings on derailment Monday, Tuesday

Nearly 17 months after a Norfolk Southern train caught fire and spilled chemicals in East Palestine, the National Transportation Safety Board is ready to discuss its investigative findings with the public.  NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy will hold public community meetings in East Palestine on Monday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 25, open to village residents and those from surrounding areas, including neighboring communities in Pennsylvania.

State makes progress in fixing bridges, but report warns that additional funding is needed

Pennsylvania has made substantial progress in reducing the number of bridges rated in poor condition over the past 10 years. But unless transportation funding increases in the next few years, the number of poorly rated bridges will begin increasing again by 2029, according to a study released Thursday by TRIP, a national transportation nonprofit.

TRIP issues report on Pa. bridges in poor condition

A national group called TRIP is out with a new report on bridges in the Pittsburgh area and across Pennsylvania that are in need of repair or replacement.

PennDOT releases draft plan to guide transportation improvements

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan was released to the public this week, laying out how the agency plans to spend almost $29 billion in the next few years to build “a safe and reliable transportation network that connects Pennsylvanians to opportunities and services,” according to an agency press release.


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