PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 37

September 13, 2021

Amtrak lines could be on the way to the Twin Tiers

PA transportation officials joined Amtrak executives Friday to announce three new passenger lines in the commonwealth that all head to New York City.

Port city review 2021 – Global Trade Magazine

The Port of Philadelphia, also known as PhilaPort, holds several impressive accolades. Not only is it the fastest growing port in the U.S., having achieved a 7% increase in container volumes in 2020.

Amtrak chief promotes 2nd Pittsburgh-Harrisburg service

Amtrak remains committed to adding a second daily train between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, with stops in Greensburg, Latrobe and Johnstown, the president of the passenger rail service said.

Multimodal Transportation Fund applications to be accepted

PennDOT announced that applications will be accepted to fund new transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund through November 5.

Pa. school districts juggling bus driver shortage as classes start

While school districts across Pennsylvania are adjusting to a mask mandate and trying to maintain some normalcy during the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, they are also struggling to simply transport students amid an ongoing bus driver shortage.

Lycoming County plans public meeting on impact of CSVT project

Now as the project develops, Lycoming County is inviting public feedback on the potential transportation and land use impacts of the new CSVT project along the Interstate 180 (I-180), US 15, and PA 147 corridors.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 36

September 7, 2021

Vine Street Expressway reopens after historic flooding

Interstate I-676 reopened in both directions Saturday night after remnants from Tropical Storm Ida brought historic flooding to the region and forced the roadway to close Thursday. PennDOT says there are several ramp and lane closures that will continue to impact drivers for weeks.

Turnpike tunnel work scheduled to begin

Traffic shifts are planned on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the area of the Kittatinny and Blue Mountain tunnels beginning the week of Sept. 7 and continuing through Sept. 23.

Dems race to resolve House-Senate disputes on $3.5T megabill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered committee leaders to battle it out with their Senate counterparts to resolve all major disputes this week on what will be included in the up-to-$3.5 trillion bill.

PhilaPort celebrates topping off ceremony at distribution center

On Friday, August 27, a Beam Signing and Topping Off Ceremony celebrated the placement of the top piece of steel in the new structure underway at the corner of 3rd and Galloway.




PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 35

August 30, 2021

The U.S. needs to fix existing roads, not build new ones

A new report finds that the wear and tear on our highway system has greater costs than were previously understood, implying a need for more transportation infrastructure investment, especially for road maintenance.

Northern section of CSVT expected to open next fall

With the new bridge over the Susquehanna River ready for paving, PennDOT says the northern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project may be open for traffic by next fall.

Pa. Dems call on Congress to pass infrastructure bill

Back when he was mayor of Steelton, a blue-collar mill town on the outskirts of Harrisburg, George Hartwick oversaw a pipe replacement project for the borough’s water system. The pipes were so old that they were made out of wood.

Penn State history lesson: The drama behind ‘new’ highway font

Although you’ve driven past thousands of highway signs in your life, you probably never stopped to think about the big, white typeface on them. It turns out some folks at Penn State actually were thinking about highway sign typefaces. In fact, they were thinking really long and really hard about these fonts.

Business leaders, lawmaker urge House to pass infrastructure plan

Leaders from the business community and a state senator are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the $1 trillion infrastructure plan when it returns to session next week.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 34

August 23, 2021

Infrastructure plans inch forward

Despite tensions within the House Democratic caucus over how to proceed with two parallel efforts on infrastructure, both legislative vehicles look set to advance next week. Our Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris report that the House plans to come back Monday night to vote to start debate on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill, the party-line budget reconciliation package and a separate voting rights measure.

How much would you pay with a proposed mileage fee in PA?

It’s only an idea for now, but Pennsylvania’s proposed switch from a fuel tax to a miles-driven fee to help generate more money for transportation could be a boon for the trucking industry and a big hit in the wallet for drivers of passenger vehicles.

Associated PA Constructors breaks down federal, state funding plans

APC Executive VP Bob Latham appeared on the Terry Madonna-hosted Pennsylvania Newsmakers, discussing the federal infrastructure bill and Governor Wolf’s Transportation Revenue Option Commission recommendations.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 33

August 18, 2021

Norfolk Southern to resume its Pa. terminal

In line with its efforts to meet strong market demand, Norfolk Southern Corporation announced plans to reopen its intermodal facility in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

Turnpike construction worker not hurt in Hempfield hit-and-run

A construction worker was not hurt after a hit-and-run on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Thursday in Hempfield, according to state police.

Get a GARVEE to upgrade PA infrastructure

A monumental task facing our commonwealth right now is how to best reform and pay for Pennsylvania’s transportation system. The Senate Transportation Committee, under the guidance of Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-35, has been having conversations with myself and our fellow Senators, stakeholders and commonwealth residents, as well as considering how other states have handled funding their transportation projects.

Bridge toll alternative coming to Pa.

One leading Pennsylvania state lawmaker has offered a transportation funding plan as an alternative to bridge tolls. Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Cambria, is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He has announced a plan to help address the state Department of Transportation’s $8.1 billion budget deficit for infrastructure repairs.

U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill

The U.S. Senate voted 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation.

Pa. could get billions to fix roads and bridges, improve transit

President Joe Biden’s signature $1.2 trillion infrastructure package passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday will direct billions to Pennsylvania to fix structurally deficient roads and bridges, improve public transportation and reclaim abandoned mines.