PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 33

August 15, 2022

Self-driving vehicle testing, training facility slated for East Huntingdon

A $20 million facility for testing and research of self-driving vehicles will be built in Westmoreland County, state officials announced Thursday.

Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to see improvements

The Hill District will receive $11.3 million to help rebuild its roads and sidewalks on Centre Avenue, local politicians announced Tuesday. The city will use the money to reconstruct intersections, install green infrastructure, build a bike path and take other traffic calming measures.

SEPTA changing schedules, adding service to boost ridership

SEPTA is adding some service in their continuing effort to increase ridership. The transit agency is expanding its schedule beginning Aug. 21 to help bring back riders to the line, according to spokesperson Kelly Greene.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 32

August 9, 2022

Buttigieg: “Important that we get to zero emissions as quickly as we can”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg discussed the Biden administration’s industrial policy goals during an interview this week on CNBC.

Transportation Sec. Buttigieg tours terminal upgrades at LVIA

Amid a summer of flight delays and cancellations across the country, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited the area Tuesday to highlight significant funding being used to upgrade Lehigh Valley International Airport.

PennDOT no longer pursuing plans to toll 9 bridges

The Commonwealth Court ruled PennDOT violated state law with those proposed tolls. On Wednesday, PennDOT announced it would not appeal that ruling.

CSVT first month: Truckers, responding well

It’s been about a month of new traffic patterns with the addition of CSVT, and so far, the community and outside travelers and truckers have responded well.

Wilkes-Barre officials meet with PennDOT on passenger rail service study

City officials Wednesday held a follow-up meeting with PennDOT representatives to discuss passenger rail service. PennDOT has agreed to fund a preliminary study on establishing service between Wilkes-Barre and several other possible cities in the state.

Pa. Turnpike to increase toll by 5% for 2023

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Tuesday that it has approved a 5% toll increase for 2023. The increase will be in effect for all E-ZPass and Toll By Plate customers.

Revenue Department releases July 2022 collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $240.9 million for the month, which includes the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues. July collection data does not include a comparison against anticipated amounts because revenue estimates for each month are not yet finalized.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 31

August 1, 2022

Pa. law highlights clean transportation

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, PennDOT will receive and distribute $171.5 million in National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure formula funds for EV charging infrastructure over the next five years.

PennDOT charges ahead on EV infrastructure development in Pa.

Pennsylvania is set to invest millions of dollars in federal funding to develop its existing electric vehicle infrastructure for increased accessibility.

PennDOT submits $171 million EV charging station plan to feds

Monday is the deadline for states to submit proposals for millions in funds toward electronic vehicle infrastructure and Pennsylvania turned in its homework last week to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Exploring turnpike alternatives

No one can say for sure if, or by how much, another 5% Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increase would impact traffic volume going forward

Transportation tax structure needs jolt

The joy of driving past the gas station — every gas station — belongs for now to only about 30,000 Pennsylvanians who own electric vehicles. But they are just the front edge of the wave. Americans bought more than 208,000 fully electric vehicles in the first quarter of this year. EV sales doubled in 2021 to 4.6% of all vehicles sold.

Fern Hollow Bridge could reopen by the end of the year

Construction on the new Fern Hollow Bridge continued as workers moved the first support beams into place on Monday. Officials from Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hope the bridge will open by the end of the year.

PennDOT expands online services for people with disabilities

PennDOT is expanding online services for people with disabilities. Customers who have a Person with Disabilities Parking Placard now have the option to renew, request a replacement or update the address on their placard online.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 30

July 25, 2022

Engineering programs tackling crucial infrastructure issues

Two Swanson School of Engineering programs that aim to foster University research on such transportation projects as the soundness of bridges, road safety and landslide prevention are now under the direction of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation veteran Joseph J. Szczur.

PennDOT’s funding plans propose road user fees, package tax

The next plan for viable long-term funding to support Pennsylvania’s highways and bridges may be twofold: a tax on delivered goods and a road use fee on traditional and electric vehicles.

Forced out due to eminent domain, business owners want more money from PennDOT

The state is taking properties through eminent domain in order to make way for the ongoing I-83 expansion project in Dauphin County. But some business owners aren’t happy with the amount they’re being paid to move and also want the money up front.

Unpaid Pa. Turnpike tolls rise nearly 48% to $155 million

The amount of uncollected Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls went up dramatically in the past year — nearly 48% — but the agency says that’s because tolls and driving have increased, not because a higher percentage of drivers have become scofflaws.

Average gas price in western Pa. falls to about $4.73 per gallon

Gas prices are falling across Pennsylvania, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 29

July 19, 2022

Motorists quickly embrace faster, safer CSVT

Leaders within local companies that deploy hundreds of tractor-trailer rigs a day are proactively directing their drivers to use the northern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation bypass, which fully opened to traffic on July 8. In doing so, they are saving travel time and fuel, as well as promoting safety by reducing traffic congestion on Duke Street in Northumberland.

PennDOT: Speed cameras improve work zone safety

More than two years into Pennsylvania’s use of unmanned cameras to enforce speeds in active work zones, state officials believe the pilot program is making a difference in keeping workers and travelers safe, reducing crashes, and changing dangerous driving habits.

Gas-tax holiday less effective than previously thought

A report from the University of Pennsylvania shows that savings from gas-tax holidays are only partially passed on to consumers.