PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 29

July 19, 2021

PennDOT releases crash data from 2020

PennDOT has released crash data and statistics from crashes in Pennsylvania in 2020, where over 100,000 crashes were reported.

Commission considers gasoline tax alternatives

A commission appointed by Governor Wolf is looking at alternative ways to fund road and bridge repairs in the Commonwealth. But those alternatives could end up costing taxpayers a lot more.

PennDOT releases transportation equity report

PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian announced the release of the department’s first Dismantling Systemic Racism and Inequities report, which evaluates PennDOT’s diversity and inclusion efforts, better understanding structural racism in transportation, and evaluating programs and initiatives that could help support equitable transportation in Pennsylvania.

SEPTA, other Pa. transit agencies seek new funding methods

SEPTA and other Pennsylvania transit agencies are asking state legislators to create new funding streams to address money from the state turnpike system that is coming to an end, and to take other measures to address transit needs.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 28

July 12, 2021

State considers package fee to help fund transportation

When Gov. Tom Wolf set up a commission in March to review how transportation should be funded in Pennsylvania, he encouraged members to think outside the box. Instead, they’re thinking about the box itself.

Police patrolling for aggressive drivers through Aug. 22

During the enforcement effort, officers will be on the lookout for red light running, tailgating, pedestrian safety, heavy truck violations, driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or other aggressive driving behaviors.

PennDOT to disperse more than $15M in grant funds

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that 50 municipalities will receive more than $15.6 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing mobility and efficiency across Pennsylvania’s communities through PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” program.

Pa. Turnpike tolls to jump by 5% next year

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will rise another 5% in January, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission decided Tuesday. The agency board voted to impose the higher rates as of Jan. 2.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 27

July 6, 2021

PennDOT invites private industry to submit P-3 qualifications

The state’s Public-Private Transportation Partnership Office is inviting the private sector to submit their qualifications to compete for the opportunity to enter into a progressive public-private partnership with PennDOT to administer the Major Bridge P3 Initiative.

Key senator infuriated after PennDOT moves forward on bridge tolling plan

Senate Transportation Committee Majority Chair Wayne Langerholc Jr. said the agency’s “knee-jerk announcement” left him and other lawmakers “blindsided” after they negotiated a $279 million increase in funding for the agency with Gov. Tom Wolf last week.

Feds award $275 million to ease truck congestion

Highway expansion projects aimed at improving the flow of truck freight in seven parts of the country will collect roughly $275 million from federal coffers in the latest round of discretionary grants awards.

Gov. Wolf, U.S. DOT announce $70 million for infrastructure

Governor Tom Wolf joined U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on a press call to announce that Pennsylvania has been awarded $70 million in federal grant funding to address two critical infrastructure projects in the commonwealth – safety improvements to Route 61 in Schuylkill County and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s Southport Wharf Development and Port Expansion project.

Rep. Smucker introduces legislation assessing e-vehicle user fee

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) introduced legislation Wednesday to establish a user fee for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to fund the Highway Trust Fund.

Plan for PA roads and state police

The Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help fix our deteriorating roads and bridges while also solving the funding dilemma of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Pa. statewide mask mandate lifted unless you’re on public transportation

The mask mandate in Pennsylvania was lifted on Monday, June 28. However, there are some exceptions.

PennDOT opens diverging diamond interchange in York County

PennDOT opened a diverging diamond interchange or DDI in York County on Sunday. It is the third in the state and second in the south-central region. It is on I-83 Exit 4-Route 851 in Shrewsbury Township.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 26

June 28, 2021

Pa. must stop raiding fund to repair roads, bridges

We are seeing both in Harrisburg and Washington serious discussions on infrastructure which is an encouraging sign, including bipartisan discussions with President Biden on a long-term plan.

Pa. charges into future adding ‘at least 500 more’ EV plugs statewide

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is charging into the future with the addition of at least 500 new electric vehicle plugs statewide. The “shocking” news is a positive sign for car buyers who were already on the edge of making the leap to all-electric.

Officials say speed cameras are working, but stiffer fines needed

A year after PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission used cameras to spot more than a quarter-million drivers speeding through Pennsylvania construction zones, those organizations are praising the system in a report to legislators and promoting strengthening the program.

Study highlights Pa.’s aging infrastructure

A new study highlights Pennsylvania’s aging and crumbling infrastructure.
A nationwide study found the state has some of the worst highways and bridges in the country.

Guest column: We need to address infrastructure needs today

While the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave an overall grade of C-, a GPA outside of the D range for the first time in 20 years, we still have a funding gap of over $2.5 trillion.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 25

June 21, 2021

This Week in Pa.: APC transportation funding initiative

In part 2 of This Week in Pennsylvania, Dennis Owens interviews Robert Latham of Associated Pennsylvania Constructors. Follow the link to hear the 4½-minute segment.

Pa. Reps. Lamb, Fitzpatrick introduce bridge legislation

The Support for Community Bridges Act would set aside 2.5 percent of federal highway aid to fund repairs for off-system bridges that are structurally deficient. Any bridge or road not on the National Highway System is designated as off system.

Billions diverted away from transportation projects

Pennsylvania pays the second highest gas tax in the nation at more than 58 cents per gallon. The money generated by the tax is earmarked for the state’s highway fund to pay for transportation infrastructure construction and repair. But since the early 2000s, billions of dollars from the fund have been used to pay for State Police operations away from their intended purpose.

Pa. lawmaker proposes alternative to tolling bridges

Pennsylvania state Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., (R) 35th District, is the architect of a package of bills, supported by Republican colleagues, called the Drive Smart Act. Proposals in that package of bills include funding alternatives to tolling.

PennDOT warns motorists after work zone crashes

PennDOT is reminding motorists to drive safely in work zones following three separate work zone intrusions in the northwest region resulting in motorists hitting a PennDOT crash truck.

Philly schools invest in clean transportation

The district hopes to replace 4% of its bus fleet with electric buses every year. The district currently has 350 buses. Eventually they’d like to have a total of 410 vehicles, with 20% electric.