PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 51

December 19, 2022

Pa. ranks sixth in the nation for animal collisions

According to PennDOT, there were more than 5,700 deer-related crashes in 2021, up from almost 5,600 in 2020.

Gov. Wolf announces $5 million in grant funding to improve traffic safety

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 20 municipalities will receive a total of $5 million in grant funding to install and maintain traffic signal technologies through PennDOT’s Traffic Signal Technologies Grant program.

New Amtrak trains coming for northeast routes, including NY, NJ, PA

The 83 new trains, which will replace 40- and 50-year-old fleets, will debut on 14 routes, including the

Wolf administration invests $26 million in rail infrastructure

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of 24 rail freight improvement projects that will enhance freight mobility while creating or sustaining more than 340 jobs across Pennsylvania. The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $26 million for the following projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 49

December 6, 2022

REAL ID: Dept. of Homeland Security delays deadline to 2025

The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the deadline for air travelers to have a REAL ID another two years, the agency announced Monday. The program, which was to begin in May 2023, will now not go into effect until May 7, 2025.

Pa. Turnpike to implement open-road tolling in 2024

The 82-year-old Pennsylvania Turnpike is getting its next upgrade and stepping into the future in its cashless journey, by implementing open road tolling. Starting in late 2024, toll booth plazas will be a thing of the past.

‘We’re going to open here right before Christmas’

Another milestone was reached this week toward the opening of the new Fern Hollow Bridge. Crucial pieces for the last step are arriving on site.

Route 150 in Bellefonte reopens after wall collapse

PennDOT officials announced Thursday that Route 150 in Bellefonte would be reopened, by 3 p.m. following the weeks-long detour caused by the partial wall collapse last month.

Revenue Dept. releases November collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $257.2 million for the month, $7.9 million above estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $1.2 billion, which is $16.8 million, or 1.4 percent, above estimate.

Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection announces initiative to electrify freight trucks

The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection launched an initiative Thursday to support a shift toward electric freight trucks.

Deana’s Law for repeat DUI offenders now in effect in PA 

Deana’s Law, toughening penalties for repeat DUI offenders, went into effect in November after a long journey through the state legislature, reports The Morning Call.

New Pa. Turnpike tolling system to pave way for 3 new exits

Even after cash tolls went away, toll collection on the Pennsylvania Turnpike has not only monetary costs but also environmental ones. That’s because you have to slow down before you speed up again to use the fast road, which wastes gas, not to mention time.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 48

November 30, 2022

How the interstate highways transformed America

Like seams on a quilt, they run across the country, with every mile serving as a stitch in the needlework. As interstate highways sew together pieces of geography, they help connect cultures and economies scattered from sea to shining sea.

The Roosevelt Blvd. subway is back on the table

The momentum to finally build the Roosevelt Boulevard subway continues as residents from Northeast Philadelphia and across the city met once again in October for a second community workshop.

EDITORIAL: Pedal forward with bill for bike safety

According to PennDOT, 24 bicyclists were killed in Pennsylvania crashes in 2021 and another 754 were injured. Almost all of the crashes involved cars or trucks, and a majority occurred at intersections.

Bellefonte Boro council gives update on wall collapse

According to Bellefonte Borough Council, PennDOT has indicated it’s currently reviewing repair options for the bridge. The repair work is estimated to take two months to complete once started. PennDOT officials are currently surveying the grounds.

PennDOT offers tips to secure mailboxes

​With the winter season’s arrival in the northwest region, PennDOT is reminding residents of steps they can take to secure their mailboxes and properly maintain driveway entry points.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 47

November 21, 2022

Pa. started 1,078 transportation projects in year-one of infrastructure law

Pennsylvania leveraged $2.4 billion in federal highway and bridge formula funds in FY 2022 to help jumpstart 1,078 new improvement projects in communities across the state during the first year of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a review of U.S. Treasury Department data through September 30 shows.

Md. officials announce U.S. 219 funding in Garrett County

As part of a four-day scheduled visit to the western part of the state, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan stopped in Grantsville on Oct. 17 to announce $77 million in funding that will complete the remaining 8-mi. segment of U.S. 219 between I-68 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which includes 1 mi. in Maryland.

Infrastructure law has been ‘game changer’ for Gov. Wolf

A year after President Biden signed a bill sending $1 trillion to states and municipalities to fix the nation’s ailing infrastructure, Gov. Tom Wolf says the law will be a “game changer for Pennsylvania,” as money continues to flow toward projects in Pennsylvania.

Pa. infrastructure sees slight improvement since 2018

So how is it holding up in Pennsylvania? Well in the last four years since the American Society of Civil Engineers released its infrastructure report, the grade has stayed the same: C-minus.

What has the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law done for Pa?

According to a Nov. release from the White House, $7.9 billion in infrastructure funding has been announced for Pennsylvania and already has been allocated for over 150 specified projects across the commonwealth.

Will act of ‘spite’ by Pa. House GOP cost the state hundreds of millions in federal funding?

Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted 4-1 on Thursday to approve tighter emission standards for the conventional oil and gas industry, but a House committee vote will delay the state’s implementation of the regulation and cause the state to miss a deadline set by the federal government.

Cameras in this Pa. transit system will soon be able to tell if you have a gun

SEPTA will start using an artificial intelligence system that detects firearms. A pilot program from ZeroEyes has been approved. The U.S. Department of Defense uses the company’s program, according to Philly Voice.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 46

November 14, 2022

Pennsylvania orders a review of EV charging rates

Anticipating a future wave of EV ownership, the Pennsylvania PUC launched a streamlining process to potentially rewrite electric rates in the state to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.

Autonomous vehicles rule signed into Pa. law

A new Pennsylvania law is touted as modernizing the state’s vehicle code to accommodate autonomous vehicles. Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill to permit the driverless testing and deployment of autonomous cars and trucks on Pennsylvania roadways.

Amid major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem. Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric vehicles.

Toll scofflaw legislation is easy, but hard work is needed on other PennDOT, turnpike problems

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a new law last week giving the state a stick to smack or prod drivers owing delinquent toll money.

State law aligns gross weight for EV commercial vehicles

Act 145 of 2022, which Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed into law, increases the maximum allowable gross weight for electric-powered commercial vehicles from 80,000 pounds to 82,000 pounds.