PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 18

May 2, 2022

Corman vows to undo plans to toll bridges to fund repairs

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jake Corman pushed back on the Wolf administration’s plans to toll nine bridges across the state and called on the governor to halt the process, while also promising to undo the process if he is elected.

Officials want to make sure drivers pay for Turnpike trips

Officials with the Pennsylvania Turnpike, along with lawmakers, are working to reduce leakage on the Turnpike. The term leakage refers to transactions, or toll rides, that generate no revenue.

Worst commutes in Pennsylvania

Commuting easily ranks as one of the least enjoyable parts of a person’s day. Commuters encounter more physical health problems, and low-income commuters are less likely to gain financial stability—among a host of other negative impacts.

Fight to put a halt to tolling I-83/South Bridge gets day in court

A group of county and municipal officials objecting to the proposed tolling of the I-83/South Bridge took their case to court on Monday to try to at least get a temporary halt to that project.

Learn how Pa. plans to spend federal money on new charging corridors

Pennsylvania was already working on electric vehicle charging corridors before the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was signed, and now the public can hear the state’s plans and weigh in on them.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 17

April 25, 2022

What the latest U.N. climate report says about transportation

1.5 degrees Celsius. That’s the increase in the Earth’s temperature that scientists have set as the outer limit before climate change starts to radically affect human societies. The UN’s latest report on climate change issued this week found governments aren’t doing nearly enough to avoid this fate.

Route 219 Maryland to Meyersdale connection gets $53 million boost

The Route 219 extension from Meyersdale to Maryland was almost off the table — until $53 million was acquired for pre-construction costs Wednesday.

Gov. Wolf announces 64 transportation projects in 34 counties

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian today announced the approval of funding for 64 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the state, 43 of which are funded through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The legislative push to cut PA’s gas tax

According to AAA, the average price per gallon of gas in Pennsylvania is down about 20 cents in the last month. However, the state’s gas tax is still one of the highest in the country.

What to consider before taking off your mask on public transit or planes

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that people wear masks while on public transportation or airplanes. To add to the confusion, some local transit authorities (like the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of Philadelphia) have changed their mask mandates after the ruling while others (like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York City) have kept them intact.

National electric vehicle network channels $25 million to PA infrastructure

In February, President Biden unveiled a $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, a plan that would place charging stations along major interstates, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Now, Pennsylvania leaders are discussing implementation and funding for the network in the state.

SEPTA to pay $9.75 million for property for new Conshohocken train station

On the April 28th agenda for SEPTA’s board is a resolution to authorize the purchase of 6.5 acres on Conshohocken riverfront to construct the new train station and a parking garage. The cost of the property is $9.75 million. In the resolution, the parking garage is stated to be “proposed.”

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 16

April 18, 2022

State legislation would provide $200M for road, bridge infrastructure

Legislation recently introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would provide an additional $200 million during the 2022-23 fiscal year for road and bridge projects.

No P3 Bridge Tolling Coalition hosts event to discuss progress against PennDOT’s plan

The Clarion Chamber of Commerce hosted a press conference for the local organizations participating in the No P3 Bridge Tolling Coalition, an organization taking a closer look at PennDOT’s major bridge public-private partnership initiative and the legality of its implementation.

Protected bike lanes deliver numerous benefits, study says

Advocates in Philadelphia are pushing state lawmakers to finally pass a law to make it easier to install protected bike lanes on state routes.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 15

April 12, 2022

Reps. Meijer, Davis introduce responsible infrastructure spending legislation

U.S. Reps. Peter Meijer (R-MI) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced legislation last week to ensure accountability and oversight of infrastructure spending authorized through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

CEO: Turnpike editorial wrong on transparency

The Sentinel’s April 2 editorial regarding Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission efforts to operate transparently was just plain wrong (Pennsylvania Turnpike needs more transparency from its officials). To insinuate that PA Turnpike leaders chose to be less than transparent is inaccurate as well as unfair.

PA’s governor candidates feud over how to reduce pain at pump

The details differ, but both Democrat Josh Shapiro, the only candidate on the ballot for his party, and a number of the leading GOP candidates all have offered plans to temporarily or permanently reduce the hit of elevated prices on motorists’ wallets.

American Airlines buses? Airline to offer ground connections

Transportation service Landline will provide 50-to-70-mile rides to and from airports in Allentown/Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Pa. public transportation projects receive more than $617M in federal funding

The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded public transportation projects in Pennsylvania more than $617.5 million allocated through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

PennDOT, Amtrak restoring Keystone Service

With help from PennDOT, Amtrak on April 25 will be adding two additional trains to the Keystone Service Line, which operates between Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York in response to increase demand.

National Work Zone Awareness Week begins Monday

PennDOT, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Associated Pennsylvania Constructors hosted a recent event urging motorists to slow down and pay attention in work zones ahead of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The week runs April 11-15, and is designated to highlight the critical importance of safe driving through work zones.

 

PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 7, No. 14

April 4, 2022

Revenue Department releases March 2022 collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $239.7 million for the month, $19.4 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 $2.1 billion, which is $55.6 million, or 2.7 percent, above estimate.

There’s growing urgency for passenger rail projects to move at high speed

With billions in new federal funding available, advocates see a narrow window to deliver new lines, faster trains and other ambitious upgrades. But there are plenty of difficulties that could throw their plans off the tracks.

Bids opened for first contract of CSVT southern section

Work on southern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway is a big step closer to getting underway. PennDOT announced Friday bids were opened for the first contracts involving the southern section of the new highway.

PennDOT accepting unsolicited P-3 proposals until April 30

PennDOT’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships announced that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through April 30.

Pa.’s most traveled bridge that doesn’t meet safety standards

Of the bridges in poor or worse condition in the state, the bridge on Interstate 95 over Fraley Street in Philadelphia County — built in 1967 — carries the largest number of commuters and travelers, with an estimated 202,857 daily crossings on average.

State House committee passes bill pushing for EZ-Pass transparency

The Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Tuesday on a bill that would push for more transparency for E-ZPass holders.