Pennsylvania Turnpike toll scofflaws charged with theft in Bucks County
A group of four alleged toll scofflaws racked up $315,000 in unpaid bills to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and now face felony theft charges.
17 hours ago
Road work: West York got nearly $1M from state over 10 years, spent $90K
West York has received nearly $1 million in state Liquid Fuels funds over 10 years but has spent only about $90,000 of that money, according to PennDOT.
yesterday
Wolf, PennDOT give update on road-fixing blitz
PennDOT is moving ahead with accelerated repaving contracts after applying more than 109,000 tons of patching material and improving more than 1,000 miles of roadway through July to deal with the widespread outbreak of potholes after a long and destructive winter season.
yesterday
Woman racked up nearly $5,000 in unpaid tolls: Police
A Cumberland County woman is facing charges after police say she racked up a hefty bill in unpaid tolls for the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
yesterday
Public meeting set on vehicle fee
The Clinton County commissioners will hold a public meeting on the potential $5 vehicle registration fee, the latest in a series of actions on the highly controversial proposal.
3 days ago
PennDOT rail freight grant program opens application period
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has opened the application period for the 2018-19 Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program.
7 days ago
Jockeying begins over Lehigh County's proposed $5 vehicle registration fee
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong kicked off his public lobbying for his $5 vehicle registration fee with a presentation to Lehigh County commissioners Wednesday night.
7 days ago
PennDOT officials give update on the North Atherton Street construction project
As of Thursday, most of North Atherton Street in Ferguson Township is down to only one lane either way. And with Penn State student move-in weekend looming, the concern of a traffic snarl through the corridor is legitimate.
7 days ago
Berks commerce buoyed by PhilaPort improvements
A $300 million port upgrade in Philadelphia should help Berks County businesses as well.
9 days ago
Centre County celebrates federal grant for for I-99/I-80 interchange
The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) and supporters of the ‘DRIVE Forward’ transportation initiative recently hosted an event to celebrate a federal grant for the highspeed I-99/I-80 interchange project.
9 days ago
Truckers' lawsuit may force turnpike to delay $112.5 million payment for transit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A lawsuit filed by truckers challenging the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s annual $450 million payment for public transit still is wending its way through federal court, but it could have a more immediate effect on transit agencies across the state.
10 days ago
Route 33 left off list of critical freight corridors in the Lehigh Valley
When the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study was organizing its list of area freight corridors that could use extra funding, familiar names made the list. But when PennDOT made the state's list to submit to the Federal Highway Administration, it took off Route 33.
16 days ago
$5 registration fee in Juniata County will not happen
Even though PennDOT is making road and bridge work funds available if counties adopt a $5 fee on all registered vehicles, Juniata County does not intend to participate.
16 days ago
Funding is set for I-99/I-80 interchange project
Improvements to the I-99/I-80 interchange have been in the works for a decade, and it’ll only be a couple more years until construction finally gets underway. That’s thanks to a $35 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant.
16 days ago
Self-driving car companies muted on updated PennDOT guidelines
Updated voluntary guidelines released last week from PennDOT ask that companies have a second person in the car when traveling faster than 25 mph or provide a solo driver with extra safety training.
18 days ago
Rep. Shuster's transportation plan gets mixed reviews
Shuster said his draft plan serves as “a new starting point for Congress to begin to seriously address, in a fiscally responsible and bipartisan manner, how we are going to provide the nation with the 21st century infrastructure it needs and deserves.”
21 days ago
PennDOT issues voluntary rules for autonomous vehicles
For the first time, Pennsylvania is getting rules for operation of self- driving cars and trucks in the state. They come as Uber hopes to restart autonomous vehicle testing on the streets of Pittsburgh before the end of the summer.
24 days ago
PennDOT seeks public input on highway safety through online survey
Those interested in providing feedback can complete PennDOT's annual online highway safety survey. The survey takes five minutes to complete and all responses are completely anonymous. 
25 days ago
Tug-of-war plays out over speed camera bill
More than 20 pages of crossed out text characterize a bill that’s been going back and forth between the two houses of General Assembly. Senate Bill 172, which would place speed cameras in active work zones, saw a number of changes during June.
25 days ago
There might be a state trooper in that PennDOT truck
The enforcement will take place in PennDOT’s District 10 — Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson counties.
25 days ago
State Street is deadliest road in nation, experts say
The number of deaths on State Street in Harrisburg makes it the deadliest stretch of road in the nation, according to national traffic safety experts.
28 days ago
PennDOT crash-impact vehicle hit by tractor-trailer saves lives
A crash-impact vehicle on the back of a state Department of Transportation dump truck proved its worth in gold Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer truck slammed into it in the right northbound lane of Route 15 at the Beautys Run Road interchange.
28 days ago
Driver who dodged more than 1,600 Pa. Turnpike tolls pleads guilty, must pay $12.5K
A Mount Joy woman's decision to chronically blow through EZ Pass-only lanes on the Pennsylvania Turnpike without paying will ultimately cost her $12,500 and a ton of community service.
4 weeks ago
2 injured when PennDOT truck is rear-ended on Blue Route
The driver of a pick-up truck was trapped after rear-endng a PennDOT dump truck and blinking traffic warning sign on the Blue Route Monday, officials said. The incident occurred at mile marker 12.6 southbound on I-476 just after 10:30 Monday morning.
4 weeks ago
Bridge replacement work big part of $43 million in Lancaster County PennDOT projects
By the end of 2018, about 14 percent of the state-maintained bridges in Lancaster County will be considered structurally deficient, thanks to a special state program to replace 30 of them. The three-year Rapid Bridge Replacement Project began in 2016, when the county had 133 structurally deficient bridges. That meant 18 percent of the 727 state-maintained bridges in Lancaster County were in need of replacement.
4 weeks ago
Federal agency to reimburse state $9 million for Route 30 emergency repairs
The Federal Highway Administration has agreed to reimburse the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation $9.27 million so far for emergency repairs to a collapsed section of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh.
4 weeks ago
Man charged with theft of nearly $5,000 in unpaid tolls | PennLive.com
A Newville man is accused of using the Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls 76 times over two years without paying, racking up more almost $5,000 in unpaid tolls.
4 weeks ago
SEPTA unveils Regional Rail locomotives
The purchase of the new locomotives was made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s comprehensive transportation funding bill.
5 weeks ago
Gov. Wolf announces traffic signal funds to benefit 70 municipalities statewide
Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing safety and mobility across Pennsylvania's communities.
5 weeks ago
PennDOT and PennDCED announce designation of U.S. bicycle Routes 30 and 36
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Department of Community and Economic Developed (DCED) today announced that two new U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR) have been designated in Pennsylvania: USBRs 30 and 36. These U.S. Bicycle Route designations create nationally recognized interstate bicycle touring routes in Pennsylvania which bring significant long-term economic benefits to local communities from out-of-state tourism.  
5 weeks ago
Editorial: Pa. turnpike toll hikes are highway robbery
Let the Turnpike Commission take care of the Turnpike. Let PennDOT’s appropriation come from the state budget. And let state lawmakers and PennDOT justify the spending they say is needed for nonturnpike highway repairs and maintenance.
5 weeks ago
Pa. lading turnpike with debt
The toll increase — which, like state pension contributions — are going nowhere but up in the coming years, largely because of shortsighted decisions years ago by lawmakers and the governor.
5 weeks ago
Editorial: Hit brakes on endless turnpike toll hikes
The turnpike commission should continue to lobby state lawmakers to find another way to fund Pennsylvania's roadways and mass transit than to continually raise tolls on those travelling the turnpike.
5 weeks ago
Financing remains concern to widen Interstate 81 in Cumberland County
PennDOT is finalizing an update of its I-81 study, which is expected to show that the cost of widening the interstate to three lanes from the Maryland line through I-78 will run about $2.7 to $3 billion.
5 weeks ago
High tolls price of bad governance
Pennsylvania lawmakers who recently fled the state Capitol for a three-month summer vacation used their E-ZPasses not only to pay their tolls on the way out of town, but to mask their own bad governance.
6 weeks ago
Auditor General DePasquale says Turnpike toll hikes making roadway unaffordable
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued this statement following a vote today by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to raise tolls six percent in January 2019 — the eleventh consecutive annual increase.
6 weeks ago
Pennsylvania Turnpike fares to rise another 6 percent in 2019
Motorists will pay about 6 percent more to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike next year, whether they pay cash or use the E-ZPass pay system.
6 weeks ago
A Delaware-led study looks at mileage-based user fees vs. fuel tax
Delaware is testing a program that could one day mean drivers pay taxes based on the miles they drive instead of paying federal and state fuel taxes when they fill up their cars. The mileage-based user fee system is being tested by 150 people, mostly state employees, as part of an I-95 Corridor Coalition project.
6 weeks ago
Deadline nears for public comments on realignment of two-mile thruway section
The deadline is Friday for the public to make known its views on the new alignment for a two-mile section on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway in Snyder County.
6 weeks ago
Trump's own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. - President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation's transportation infrastructure. He also wants to strengthen the U.S. steel industry through tariffs on imports. But that second goal could make it more costly to accomplish the first.
6 weeks ago
Pennsylvania Turnpike toll violator sent to jail for first time by Lancaster County judge
A Montgomery County man is the state's first toll violator to be sent to jail on a criminal charge of not paying tolls and fees, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
7 weeks ago
Route 30 reopens after April landslide
Nearly three months after collapsing during a landslide, Route 30 is back open, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.
7 weeks ago
Larson Transportation Institute brings big win to Penn State and Mid-Atlantic universities with USDOT grant
Improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure will be the primary focus of a multi-university transportation research program led by Penn State, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) 2017 Region 3 University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program.
7 weeks ago
Experts say a regional approach is essential for tackling freight transportation
As construction of warehouses and distribution centers continues to increase throughout the region, the challenges of transporting all that freight continue to rise in importance.
8 weeks ago
PennDOT secretary addresses local freight issues at summit
PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards reviewed steps Gov. Tom Wolf's office has taken to address freight-related challenges at the first in-the-state summit.
8 weeks ago
To combat potholes, cities turn to technology
In a growing number of cities, including Omaha, Nebraska; Hartford, Connecticut; and San Diego, residents can download an app for reporting potholes. In Houston, residents can check out the Pothole Tracker app or log on to a website and see graphics and charts showing the city’s progress in fixing them.
8 weeks ago
How the Koch brothers are killing public transit projects around the country
In cities and counties across the country — including Little Rock, Ark.; Phoenix, Ariz.; southeast Michigan; central Utah; and here in Tennessee — the Koch brothers are fueling a fight against public transit, an offshoot of their longstanding national crusade for lower taxes and smaller government.
8 weeks ago
OOIDA seeks class action status for Pennsylvania toll lawsuit
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Motorists Association are asking a federal court to grant class action status to their lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. If granted, more than 100,000 motorists could be potential class members in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of "excessive" toll increases on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
8 weeks ago
New buses running on natural gas
This morning Amtran introduced five new compressed natural gas buses. They held a special ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at their operation center on Fifth Avenue in Altoona.
8 weeks ago
Pennsylvania is the only state that bans cops from using radar
The state is the only one nationwide that bans municipal police officers from using radar to enforce speed limits. For the last 57 years, Pennsylvania has reserved that technology for state troopers.
8 weeks ago
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Rob Peter to pay Paul
Raiding one tax source to pay for something else yields a vicious cycle. Politicians use crumbling roads as a justification to raise gas taxes. They use underfunded state worker pensions as a justification to raid the gas tax revenues, leaving potholes unfilled. Then potholes become an excuse to raise gas taxes further.
8 weeks ago
PennDOT to discuss regulations with autonomous vehicle operators
Autonomous vehicle operators will have a hand in shaping regulations that will govern how they test the technology on public roads. Within the next few weeks, PennDOT plans to meet one-on-one with the five self-driving car entities in the state.
9 weeks ago
Over $2.5 million funding Penn State's transportation research program
Two and half million dollars has been granted to the Mid-Atlantic Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems.
9 weeks ago
Casey joins local airport fight
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., took up the cause of west-central Pennsylvania’s rural airports last week, calling on the U.S. Department of Trans­portation to keep funding flights in Altoona and Johnstown.
9 weeks ago
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE THRUWAY PROJECT: ‘Everything here is big ... and dirty’
Half a century after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation conceived of a mid-state highway — and after many years when plans had to be halted due to lack of revenue — the $670 million Central Susquehanna Thruway is now fully-funded, and construction is well underway. The northern section is due to be completed by 2022.
9 weeks ago
Elaine Chao touts rural benefits of INFRA grants at DOT ceremony
The latest Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grants will increase mobility in both rural and urban areas, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
9 weeks ago
Bucks County contracts more than $2.5 million bridge projects
The commissioners unanimously voted last month to approve a $2 million contract with Easton-based construction firm Bi-State Construction Co., Inc. to completely reconstruct Bucks County bridge #220, located on Mill Creek Road over Martins Creek in Falls. The county will provide the full funding for the project, then receive 80 percent back through PennDOT’s retro-reimbursement program, according to Bucks Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler.
9 weeks ago
PennDOT expects to have section of Route 30 reopened by end of June
PennDOT expects to have a section of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh reopened by the end of June. Gov. Tom Wolf said the collapsed section of the road should be back open by June 26.
10 weeks ago
Top 20: U.S. ports ranked on 2017 import volume
The Port of Philadelphia saw the largest increase in year-over-year import volume among the top U.S. ports. Driven in part by an expansion and the completion of the deepening of the Delaware River channel, the import volume into Philadelphia increased 21.9 percent in 2017. 
10 weeks ago
New transportation management plan announced for I-76
Gov. Tom Wolf joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards to announce the start of a long-range, comprehensive, multimodal transportation management plan designed to enhance travel and safety along the Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) corridor between King of Prussia and Philadelphia.
10 weeks ago
PennDOT nets grant for I-99/I-80 interchange project
PennDOT has been awarded more than $35 million in federal funding to finally push forward the I-99/I-80 interchange project that's been stalled for a decade.
10 weeks ago
Mount Joy Township woman pays $10,000 in unpaid turnpike tolls
A Mount Joy Township woman has reimbursed the Pennsylvania Turnpike over $10,000 in unpaid tolls and late fees for 1,645 trips during a five-year span, a prosecutor said. Lori Yearick, 45, still faces a court date next month on a theft of services charge, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
10 weeks ago
Feds should step up
PennDOT contractors have been making tremendous headway in repairing a landslide along Route 30 in East Pittsburgh, and we hope state and federal disaster officials come through in equally fine fashion to help pay for the region's many landslides.
10 weeks ago
Seniors making transition to the SEPTA key
With thousands of seniors moving to the future of fare payment with the SEPTA Key Senior Photo Identification Card, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will phase-out the paper PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Card at the end of the service day on Aug. 31.
10 weeks ago
$11.7M reconstruction set of Business Route 422 in Berks County
PennDOT has announced that work is scheduled to begin Monday, June, 4 to reconstruct Perkiomen Avenue/Business Route 422 in the City of Reading, Mt. Penn and St. Lawrence boroughs and Exeter Township.
11 weeks ago
Casey: Trump lacks urgency for infrastructure funding
Sen. Bob Casey on Thursday said he’s disappointed with President Donald Trump’s inaction on infrastructure funding, especially because Casey for years has been working across the aisle with Republicans on the issue.
11 weeks ago
Will self-driving vehicles finally bring broadband to rural America?
Autonomous vehicles will need ubiquitous connectivity, and there's a role for government and industry to finally make it happen.
11 weeks ago
Bike-share brings Ford full circle
Henry Ford put America on wheels. His first car, the Quadricycle, rode on four bicycle wheels and managed a top speed of 20 miles per hour.
11 weeks ago
Port of Philadelphia development project expected to generate $100M in tax revenue
Two large cranes, capable of unloading the world's largest container ships, recently arrived along the Delaware River. The equipment is expected to make the port more competitive.
11 weeks ago
University Park Airport nets $2.2 million state grant
University Park Airport is getting ready to begin a more than $6 million expansion, with the help of a $2.2 million state grant. This expansion means the airport will be able to handle greater capacity in the future.
11 weeks ago
Cashless tolling, rate hike to begin Sunday on turnpike's Findlay Connector
Cashless tolling and increased rates are set to take effect Sunday on the Findlay Connector section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Southern Beltway in Allegheny and Washington counties.
11 weeks ago
PennDOT names new district executive in Erie region
James Foringer replaces Bill Petit, who retired earlier this year.
11 weeks ago
Guest editorial: Time for action on I-81 improvements
It is long past time for action on expanding the capacity of I-81 in Cumberland County, and, frankly, throughout the region.
11 weeks ago
Peduto wants Pittsburgh to have say in state self-driving car regulations
Peduto will ask representatives from the autonomous vehicle industry at meeting this week to agree to a 25-mph speed limit on all self-driving car testing in the city.
11 weeks ago
Part of Port Authority's state subsidy could be in jeopardy
The Pennsylvania Turnpike may not be able to make its quarterly $112.5 million payment in July to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for public transit due to a pending lawsuit filed by truckers who are challenging the payments.
11 weeks ago
What's killing people on Central Pa. roads? 2017 fatality stats revealed
In Dauphin County, fatal crashes killed nearly twice as many victims as homicides yet deaths on the roads don't always command the same public attention.
12 weeks ago
Wolf says $180M will fill potholes, fix other winter effects
Pennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter.
12 weeks ago
Bill Peduto skeptical of Uber’s plans to resume autonomous-vehicle testing
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was an early champion of Uber moving to Pittsburgh, and then of Uber testing autonomous vehicles here. When Uber balked at working with city officials on a federal transit-grant application in 2016, things started to go downhill.
12 weeks ago
Pennsylvania offers funding for alternative fuels, vehicles
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it is accepting applications for its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.
12 weeks ago
Uber aims to restart self-driving car tests in Pittsburgh this summer
Uber plans to resume testing its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this summer.
12 weeks ago
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