PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 44

November 4, 2019

Pa. Turnpike plans to go cashless by fall 2021; toll collector jobs would be phased out

After four years of testing, the Pennsylvania Turnpike says it plans to move ahead with a $129 million project to become a completely cashless toll system in two years, eliminating hundreds of toll-collecting and auditing positions along the way.

PA lawmakers vote to expand clean transportation

The Pennsylvania Senate’s Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee today voted to advance the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act, a bipartisan effort to significantly advance electric vehicles and charging stations across the state while helping tackle one of the biggest sources of climate pollution in the region: transportation.

Work zone speed cameras to be deployed statewide

Cameras to detect speeding in Pennsylvania’s roadway work zones will begin limited operation next week ahead of their use statewide early next year.

New auto port terminal opens in South Philly

More new cars are arriving at the Port of Philadelphia now that a processing facility is officially open next to the Navy Yard, and it’s the city’s first new port terminal in 45 years.

Driver-free shuttles could be arriving in Pennsylvania

20 states have implemented a form of automated shuttles on their roadways. Now, lawmakers here in Pennsylvania are looking to add the Commonwealth to that group.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 43

October 28, 2019

Fewer teen drivers are on the road in Pennsylvania

The number of teen drivers in Pennsylvania is at a 10-year low and there are fewer crashes involving teen drivers than there were in 2009, according to data from PennDOT.

Maryland official wants to join Pennsylvania to apply for Route 219 funding

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn has reached out by letter to his counterpart in Pennsylvania, Leslie Richards, and proposed the states join together to apply for federal funds to finish the last 8 miles of Route 219.

Pa. won’t give driver’s license records to census

Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary is telling the U.S. Census Bureau that her agency won’t provide driver’s license records as part of a Trump administration effort to gather citizenship information. Secretary Leslie Richards wrote Thursday to a Census Bureau official, saying her department won’t participate in the project.

Pa. Turnpike begins cashless tolling Sunday at Ohio border, Route 66 bypass

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will no longer accept cash payment for tolls at two new locations, the entry from Ohio in Lawrence County and the Turnpike Route 66 bypass in Westmoreland County. The agency is encouraging motorists to use its prepaid E-ZPass transponder linked to a credit card account to pay tolls.

Governors eye regional gas tax to fund transition from fossil fuels

Governors from several northeastern and mid-Atlantic states may have found a way to reduce pollution from cars and trucks and buck the Trump administration, which is trying to weaken auto emissions standards and gut efforts to curb climate change.

Interstate 84 closed due to deteriorating bridge in Pike County

A stretch of highway in the Poconos is closed because of a deteriorating bridge. Interstate 84 east in Pike County is closed between Routes 390 and 507 near Tafton. The hole opened up on the bridge over Shiny Mountain Road. It was discovered Tuesday night.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 42

October 21, 2019

‘Commonwealth cannot share that information’

In an attempt to run around a Supreme Court ruling, the federal government through the U.S. Census Bureau is asking states, including Pennsylvania, for driver’s license records which traditionally include citizenship data. The Daily Item strongly encourages and urges Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration to stand tall and deny the request, as they have done previously when federal officials sought personal information out of their purview.

PennDOT reviewing Trump administration request for driver’s license data

The U.S. Census Bureau has asked Pennsylvania and other states to voluntarily turn over driver’s license information, as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to compile citizenship status and other detailed data about people living in the country. But the state has not indicated whether it will comply.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 41

October 15, 2019

PennDOT, other state agencies prepare for winter travel season

PennDOT says it wants to hire more than 500 temporary equipment operators statewide as the winter season approaches.

I-83 expansion plan in Harrisburg could be reduced from 12 to 10 lanes: engineers

An engineering firm studying traffic patterns ahead of a planned Interstate-83 improvement project may have found a way to reduce its footprint, eliminating the need to expand a portion of the highway to 12 lanes in Harrisburg.

Which bridges are the longest in Pennsylvania?

These are the longest active bridges in Pennsylvania that are maintained by the state Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, in reverse order.

Pennsylvania communities awarded $5M for traffic-signal upgrades

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently awarded 24 municipalities throughout the state more than $5 million for traffic-signal upgrades through its Green Light-Go program.

House bill would assist with local bridge repairs

The Fixing America’s Bridges Act would re-establish the federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program to assist with repairs and replacements of structurally deficient bridges.

PennDOT warns drivers about 18-month rest area closures

Starting on October 16, the both the northbound and southbound e I-81 rest areas in Grantville near mile marker 79 will shut down for construction. The rest areas are scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2021, meaning that drivers who frequent the I-81 corridor will have to put up with an 18-month closure.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 4, No. 40

October 7, 2019

Here are the most crash-prone intersections and interchanges in the Lehigh Valley

Intersections are one of the most common road features drivers encounter behind the wheel, but one with lurking dangers. Of the Lehigh Valley’s 39,304 reported crashes in the past five years, 46.4% of them happened at a point where at least two roads meet.

Funding transportation in Pennsylvania has been a bumpy road

State Sen. John Yudichak on Friday said the last time the Sans Souci Parkway was pothole-free, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski was singing at San Souci Park dances.

Pennsylvania bill would quicken shifting funds to roads

Sen. Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, has introduced a bill to expedite the timeframe for reducing the revenue diversions. The state’s general fund is being tapped to cover the difference.

Pandering is Pa.’s biggest road hazard

No other state has this fundamental governance problem — the Legislature allows more than $700 million a year supposedly dedicated to highway projects to be used instead to pay more than half of the state police budget. That is because lawmakers will not force hundreds of local governments to pay for their own police protection or pay a fee for state police coverage.

We’re now $4B shy of meeting these transportation needs in the Lehigh Valley

Tasked with suddenly making major cuts to the project list because of funding cuts, Lehigh Valley Transportation Study members presented a final draft on Wednesday with $2,480,130,108 in projects for the next 25 years. Read more