PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 5

January 29, 2024

I-95 NB in Philly to close weekend of Feb. 3 to 5

As part of the $329 million CAP project to cover the interstate and connect Old City to Penn’s Landing, PennDOT will close I-95 northbound between Columbus Boulevard (Exit 20) and Interstate 676 (Exit 22) from the night of Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 to early Monday, Feb. 5, 2024.

Shapiro to propose major increase in funding for public transit

Making public transit funding a focal point, Gov. Josh Shapiro announced that he will propose that the state increase its share of the costs by nearly $1.5 billion over the next five years.

Pgh. federal infrastructure funds for Parkway East projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came to Pittsburgh on Friday to join local leaders in celebrating $142 million in federal infrastructure funding coming to the area. People who travel I-376 (Parkway East) between Downtown and the eastern suburbs will benefit from the big infrastructure funding boom.

Infrastructure ‘boot camps’ help cities like Bethlehem win federal grants

Last month, Bethlehem got news that it had won $9.9 million in grants from the Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets and Roads for All program, while Dearborn, Michigan, learned that it had been awarded $24 million. What the small Pennsylvania city and mid-sized Michigan community have in common is that both participated in the Local Infrastructure Hub.

Pa. opens first EV charging station

PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright and other federal officials announced the completion of Pennsylvania’s first federally-funded electric vehicle (EV) charging station.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 4

January 22, 2024

Philadelphia’s first autonomous vehicle coming to the Navy Yard

A new autonomous shuttle is set to hit the road at the booming Navy Yard. The pilot program will be the first automated shuttle to transport public passengers in Pennsylvania.

3 major Pgh. bridges set to get $132M in renovations

A total of $132 million will help repair steel components, joints and bearings on the McKees Rocks, West End and Fort Duquesne bridges, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, said.

Amtrak begins renovations at Philly’s 30th Street Station

A large-scale renovation project at 30th Street Station has officially begun, temporarily closing the transportation hub’s south concourse and Market Street Plaza while construction gets underway.

Federal lawmakers urge support for SEPTA

A group of Democratic federal lawmakers from Pennsylvania have sought intervention from the U.S. Department of Transportation to address a looming funding crisis for SEPTA.

What a new rule banning funny roadway signs means for Pa.

Have you ever noticed the electronic sign “Don’t Drive Star Spangled Hammered” on the Parkway West and chuckled? Well, that and other similar quirky messages are going away in a couple years. They will be banned in 2026.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 3

January 15, 2024

CSVT easing traffic volume on regional routes

The opening of the northern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project has had a significant impact in reducing traffic on local routes according to data released this week from PennDOT.

White House announces $1 billion for electric and low-emission school buses

The Biden administration announced it is providing $1 billion in funding for more than 2,700 electric and low-emission school buses across 37 states.

Companies close to finalizing autonomous truck design

Germany’s Continental AG, a technologies and services company, and Pennsylvania-based Aurora Innovation, an autonomous freight solutions company, recently announced they have finalized the design and architecture of the future fallback system and hardware of the Aurora Driver, an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Level 4 autonomous driving system.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 2

January 8, 2024

Turnpike to begin testing electrified parking spaces to charge EVs

The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s dip into electric vehicle charging expects to take a big step forward in 2024 with the installation of charging pads at its headquarters near Harrisburg.

After 60 years, Mon-Fayette Expressway starts to take shape

It took more than 60 years for the Allegheny County portion of the Mon-Fayette Expressway to go from an idea to actual construction, but that first year of construction in Jefferson Hills started with a flourish.

‘Motor voter’ registration up 38%, independents lead new registrants

Pennsylvania’s shift to automatic voter registration at PennDOT driver and photo license centers resulted in a nearly 38% increase in new registrants since its enactment last fall, with independent voters outnumbering those who chose to join either major party.



PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 1

January 3, 2024

Year in review: Pa. transportation

Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure is a constant focus of legislative attention, fitting for a state with multitudes of bridges, roads, weather, and terrain that means unending maintenance costs.

Pa.’s electric vehicle marathon

The Biden administration set a target for electric vehicles, or EVs, to account for half of all new vehicle sales by 2030. However, concerns about vehicle cost, range anxiety and limited charging infrastructure have led to slower-than-expected adoption rates.

Pa. drivers to see more automatic speed checks in work zones in 2024

According to the 2023 AWZSE Annual Report, there has been a 47% reduction in excessive speeding (11+ mph over the speed limit) in work zones and 38% in overall speeding (1+ mph over the speed limit) since the program began in March 2020. The initiative has been fully supported by the Turnpike Commission, PennDOT and the Pa. State Police.

States warn of ‘Band-Aids and duct tape’ for road maintenance

Across the country, state transportation departments are warning that public safety is at risk if lawmakers don’t overhaul how road maintenance gets funded.

Why PA Turnpike tolls are increasing in 2024

The Pennsylvania Turnpike might be taking a toll on your wallet, but not paying them can put you in the fast lane to even higher costs.

Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority hires firm to develop service plan

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority got some big news recently that has given a boost to the effort to restore passenger rail service from Reading to Philadelphia with stops in Pottstown and Phoenixville.