PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 46

November 28, 2018

With new law on books, PA aims to be a vanguard of autonomous vehicle technology

Not content to bask in the glow of their legislative victory last month, supporters of self-driving vehicle technologies in Pennsylvania are already moving forward on their plans to make the state a hotbed for the still-embryonic industry.

What’s driving the increase in truck traffic?

According to PennDOT, northeastern Pennsylvania has more miles of interstate than any other region in the state, and those interstates can take trucks to a third of the U.S. population in a day’s drive.

Route 219 officially opens for public use

After 16 years of planning and construction, a new section of Route 219 in Somerset County has opened for the public to use. The 11-mile stretch is four lanes, providing a safer and more efficient route for drivers between Somerset and Meyersdale. The route will also be connected to Route 68 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the future allowing economic growth to the Somerset and Meyersdale communities.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 45

November 19, 2018

All Pa. Turnpike lanes to open for Thanksgiving travel

With the busiest six travel days of the year starting this week, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced all lanes of traffic will be open – barring emergencies – to accommodate the spike in motorists.

Pennsylvania’s infrastructure gets C-minus, council says

The state earned a cumulative GPA of a C-minus on the 2018 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure.

Transportation lockboxes: The road funding policy that doesn’t improve roads much

Voters in Connecticut approved a transportation “lockbox.” But historically, they do little to address transportation funding problems.

Elections set up road funding battles in the states

Last week’s elections had enough good news to keep up the spirits of transportation advocates — an effort to roll back a California gas tax hike failed, candidates promising to fix roads were elected as governors and dozens of local transportation ballot measures passed.

Under construction: PennDOT plans decade of work on Route 1

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is embarking on a major Route 1 reconstruction project that will see crews sharing the busy road with motorists from now through at least 2025 as they widen the road, replace bridges and more in an estimated, nearly $300 million overhaul of almost five miles between the Bucks County line in Bensalem to just past the Pine Street Bridge in Langhorne.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 44

November 5, 2018

Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public roads

Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. The company has filed an application with PennDOT to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other precautions to make the vehicles safe.

Trillium opens its fourth public CNG location in Indiana County

Trillium, along with PennDOT, celebrated the opening of the commonwealth’s newest compressed natural gas fueling station in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

PennDOT faces uphill battle in fixing local landslides

PennDOT is fighting an uphill battle when it comes to local landslides, and there is seemingly no easy solution moving forward.

A crisis in motion: America’s transportation dilemma

Federal policy, and other factors, are disrupting efforts to improve transit and forcing urban planners to make tough choices.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 43

October 29, 2018

PennDOT continues transit subsidies without $112.5 million payment from turnpike

Despite not receiving a $112.5 million payment from the Pennsylvania Turnpike for second quarter in a row, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Thursday it will continue to support transit agencies across the state.

Former Gov. Tom Corbett reflects on his administration’s accomplishments at portrait unveiling

Transportation funding was among the accomplishments cited by former Gov. Tom Corbett as he returned to the state Capitol for the unveiling of his official portrait.

The human side of work zone safety

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law an automated speed enforcement measure that we believe will help protect highway construction workers. We wanted to recognize APC members Stacy and Jay Chatley, of Established Traffic Control, whose tragedy 11 years ago helped to frame the human side of the issue.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 3, No. 42

October 22, 2018

Gov. Wolf signs construction zone speed cameras bill

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill today which creates a five-year pilot project to place speed cameras in some highway construction zones. The bill is aimed at protecting highway construction workers from speeding motorists.

Addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation needs

Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary came to Luzerne County Thursday to talk about the status of the Commonwealth’s transportation system. Secretary Leslie Richards met with members of a group called “NEPA Moves.”

I-99 road work nearing completion

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said on Thursday that work on a 3-mile stretch of Interstate 99 is expected to conclude by the night of Thursday, Oct. 25.

Rafferty Wins Transit Award

State Sen. John Rafferty Jr., the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, has been awarded the American Public Transportation Association’s 2018 State Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of the senator’s leadership in the passage of Act 89 of 2013.

PennDOT unveils latest I83 improvement project plans

PennDOT hosted an open house Thursday to reveal additional stages of its I-83 East Shore improvement plan.