Large road, bridge construction season looms
State transportation officials unveiled a $464 million summer road and bridge construction program Monday for six Northeast Pennsylvania counties that will affect 626 miles of roads and 83 bridges.
yesterday
PennDOT using recycled materials to improve rural roads
PennDOT is renewing its commitment to fixing rural roads across northeastern Pennsylvania. Just one day after Earth Day, PennDOT announced it is trying to be more environmentally conscious by expanding its "Recycled Asphalt Paving" program, or RAP, for short. Crews will be using ground up pavement from other road projects, making them useful again for rural roads across the region.
yesterday
The four-letter word changing daily commutes
Paying an extra toll for rush hour driving isn’t a popular idea with many motorists. But its time seems to have come. Is it here to stay?
2 days ago
Be aggressive on toll evaders
The turnpike’s prosecution decision is a sound one. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale reported in 2016 that the turnpike commission had written off about $20 million a year in unpaid tolls. Tracking down that money is important not just for the sake of revenue but as a matter of fairness for the vast majority of drivers who dutifully pay the tolls.
2 days ago
Associated PA Constructors holds first-ever TQI and Partnering event
Sixteen highway construction projects shared the limelight last week with the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors' James J. Skelly Award winner at the first of what will be the Annual TQI and Partnering Awards Banquet, intended to recognize and honor projects exemplifying the goals of Pennsylvania's Act 89 of 2013.
5 days ago
Pennsylvania sets stage for increased AV oversight
The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has drafted guidelines for autonomous vehicle testing, but it’s unclear whether car manufacturers will comply. Without legislative action, there’s still no requirement beyond having a licensed driver behind the wheel of a self-driving car.
6 days ago
View from Route 30 — what's left of it — shows enormity of collapse, landslide
The quiet media scrum on the remaining road surface Wednesday and the distant sound of two excavators and a bulldozer grading the hillside below were a stark contrast to the normally bustling highway that carries 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles a day. But the highway has been closed since three lanes collapsed April 7, causing a landslide behind Electric Avenue below that displaced 31 people and destroyed two apartment buildings and two houses.
6 days ago
SEPTA touts economic growth in Bucks County
A stagnant budget and aging infrastructure had SEPTA officials considering a dramatic scale-down of its transportation network five years ago. The passage of Act 89 in 2013 represented a complete reversal of fortunes that gave the transit agency funds necessary to upgrade rail stations, equipment and train cars, according to SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel.
6 days ago
Pa. rapid bridge replacement fast but 'distinctly different' from method used in deadly Fla. collapse
As Pennsylvania pushes to replace 558 bridges in a greatly compressed timeframe, engineers are convinced the methods contain no flaws such as those that resulted in the deadly bridge collapse in Florida in March, officials said Wednesday. 
6 days ago
Number of deficient bridges cut in half over the past decade by PennDOT, public-private partnership
In 2008, Pennsylvania had more than 6,000 state-owned bridges rated “structurally deficient.” Today, that number has been cut in half, to 3,098, including repairs and replacements on more than 1,600 bridges between 2015 and 2017, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards announced Wednesday.
7 days ago
Landslide-damaged Route 30 could reopen by mid-July
PennDOT plans to repair and reopen a portion of Route 30 that was wiped out earlier this month by a devastating landslide in East Pittsburgh by mid-July.
8 days ago
2017 had lowest number of traffic deaths in Pa. records: PennDOT
The lowest number of people died in 2017 on Pennsylvania roads since PennDOT began keeping records, and 173 fewer than 2012.
9 days ago
Alternative Fuel Project in Honey Brook Awarded $446,749 to Dispense Biodiesel
The Wolf Administration recently announced the approval of funding through the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) program to support alternative fuel projects across the state that will save hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel and reduce air pollution in Pennsylvania. The program is administered by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
9 days ago
Warehouse development around Lehigh Valley International Airport spurs study
The surge of proposed and approved warehouses around the Lehigh Valley International Airport has drawn outrage and opposition from nearby residents, but a call for a new study suggests PennDOT and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission are concerned as well.
9 days ago
DOT Announces $264M in Grants to Modernize Bus Infrastructure - The Drive
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration recently announced that $264 million would be spent to improve the safety and reliability of the nation’s bus systems. The projects selected to receive grants include the Port Authority of Allegheny County to purchase low-floor clean diesel buses.
12 days ago
Westmoreland Transit looks for ways around Route 30 delays into Pittsburgh
Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials hope to have a revised plan in place by Monday's morning rush hour to deal with service delays caused by the landslide.
13 days ago
4 ways Uber wants to expand its services
For years, Uber has fought with cities and resisted regulations by insisting that it was a technology company, not a transportation company. But the company’s top officials on Wednesday signaled a major shift in approach: Uber wants better relationships with cities, and it is most definitely focusing on transportation.
13 days ago
$670M transportation project continues in Valley
Construction of the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project continues as a fourth contract is set to be bid on this fall. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation outlined the progress being made in the construction of the new 13-mile, four-lane highway connecting Route 147 in Northumberland County near Montandon to Route 15 in Union County near Winfield and Routes 11-15 in Snyder County near Selinsgrove.
13 days ago
Why is the Pa. Turnpike charging some toll violators? It's the only way, it seems, to get paid
Fourteen motorists have become the bad examples the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission hopes will help keep the rest of its 200 million customers in good standing as it increasingly moves toward cashless fare collection.
13 days ago
PennDOT stresses safety after three workers hit
All three PennDOT workers received medical attention, and one was flown to the hospital with serious injuries to his legs. A spokesperson for PennDOT says he remains in the hospital. Crews were back out on the roads Wednesday and as you can imagine, they're shaken up.
13 days ago
Could $6B court battle over Pa. Turnpike tolls end with a compromise?
Such a deal, perhaps one that would curtail the toll increases planned for the highway over the next 26 years, might be a possible scenario, a transportation law expert said Wednesday.
14 days ago
2 PennDOT workers released from hospital after hit by car on I-80
Two of the PennDOT workers hit by a car on Interstate 80 have been released from the hospital while a third remains hospitalized.
14 days ago
Gov. Wolf calls Route 30 landslide 'devastating'; officials seek emergency funding
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hopes to hire a contractor within the next month to stabilize the hill that slid out from under Route 30 in East Pittsburgh Saturday, damaging two apartment buildings and two houses and displacing 31 people.
14 days ago
Four injured, including three PennDOT workers, after Monroe County crash
A wreck on Interstate 80 Tuesday in Tunkhannock Twp. hurt four people, including three Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employees patching potholes.
14 days ago
Let's pass this bill to keep our work zones safe
As we observe National Work Zone Awareness Week, it may serve us to consider how we might reduce those numbers and save lives. We need only to look at our neighboring state of Maryland to conclude that automated speed enforcement is highly effective in lessening unsafe driving.
15 days ago
Officials seek emergency funding for Route 30 landslide in East Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards on Tuesday said it will take a minimum of two to three months for crews to repair a section of Route 30 destroyed by a landslide early Saturday in East Pittsburgh.
15 days ago
Gov. Wolf to tour western Pa. hillside, roadway collapse
Gov. Tom Wolf will be touring the scene of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh following the landslide Saturday that resulted in a portion the roadway collapsing and the evacuation about about 30 residents.
15 days ago
Demand for $6B in toll refunds would cause fiscal catastrophe, Turnpike Commission says
Financial devastation could result if a federal judge blocks the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission from transferring $112.5 million to PennDOT by April 30, commission officials are contending.
15 days ago
PennDOT, Turnpike and Penn State to collaborate on training facility
According to the organizations, the facility, named PennSTART, will focus on traffic incident management, tolling and intelligent transportation technology, connected and autonomous vehicles and other highway-related issues.
15 days ago
Hanover Township and Lower Nazareth to vote on new contract with Colonial Regional Police - The Morning Call
Supervisors in Hanover and Lower Nazareth townships will vote on a new contract with Colonial Regional Police this week. This comes after Bath announced last year that it was pulling out of the intermunicipal agreement with the regional police department, instead opting for state police coverage.
15 days ago
Dodging tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike? You could be charged with a felony
Motorists in the habit of dodging tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike could find themselves facing criminal charges. The worst offenders could face felony charges – and it's likely many of them regularly use interchanges in Philadelphia and its suburbs.
16 days ago
PennDOT chief outlines temporary rules for testing of self-driving cars
Pennsylvania will ask companies to immediately stop testing self-driving cars that share technology with Uber or other companies under federal investigation.
16 days ago
Andrea Wittchen: Legislation would put a charge into electric vehicles
A piece of legislation before the General Assembly, the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (House Bill 1446), would broaden the ability of PPL and other electric utilities to develop charging stations for electric cars, buses and trucks.
16 days ago
Route 30 collapses in East Pittsburgh, apartment building damaged
Part of Route 30 has collapsed and fallen 30 – 40 feet, damaging an apartment building in East Pittsburgh. All other apartment buildings have been evacuated and emergency declarations have been issued.
18 days ago
Lawmakers need to level the playing field for PA's electric-driving future
Pennsylvania drivers deserve a world-class network of EV charging stations, and Pennsylvania businesses and entrepreneurs deserve a level playing field.
18 days ago
State crews rescue goats stranded on Lawrence County bridge beam
Regardless of how or why they got up there, two goats found stranded on a bridge beam over the Mahoning River in Lawrence County on Tuesday clearly weren't supposed to be there.
20 days ago
Should Pa. cops have radar? Local officials argue lawmakers for it
In a packed hearing of the state House transportation committee in Harrisburg, municipal police urged lawmakers to finally let them use radar guns to catch speeders.
20 days ago
Distracted driving citations grow significantly over 5 years in Pa.
Distracted driving has become a more serious concern for law enforcement over the past several years as numbers of citations related to the problem continue to climb. Citations increased by 52 percent statewide in 2017 — and have increased 172 percent since 2013, according to newly released data from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
21 days ago
Lawmakers look to crack down on distracted driving
Distracted driving is on the rise in Pennsylvania.  On Tuesday, Lawmakers discussed two bills that would try to crack down on the problem.
21 days ago
Pennsylvania completes installation of shared-ride technology
PennDOT recently completed installing standardized technology at 42 shared-ride transit providers. Shared-ride transportation is scheduled like a taxi but carries multiple passengers. Seniors, the disabled and those needing medical assistance are eligible.
21 days ago
PennDOT accepting unsolicited proposals throughout April
The PennDOT office of Public-Private Partnerships announced Tuesday it will be accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector.
22 days ago
PennDOT plans $360 million of road work in six-county region
As the winter weather gives way — one would hope — to spring, road crews across the extended Lehigh Valley region expect to tackle 115 PennDOT projects this year.
22 days ago
SEPTA touts suburban home value increases in hopes of scoring $6.5 billion in additional funding
If Philadelphia wants a legitimate chance at winning Amazon's HQ2 tournament, Pennsylvania's leaders in Harrisburg better find a way to come up with an additional $6.5 billion in funding for SEPTA, according to comments the public transit agency's leaders made last week when introducing a new economic impact report.
22 days ago
Groups ask U.S. judge to block Pa. Turnpike Commission from transferring money to PennDOT
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Motorists Association filed a request for a preliminary injunction with U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane on Monday afternoon.
22 days ago
Bridge and driverless car tragedies shine light on pedestrian safety needs
Two transportation-related tragedies in recent weeks -- the collapse of a bridge in Miami and the death of a woman in Arizona who was struck by an autonomous Uber car -- have shined a light on the challenges of deploying new infrastructure technologies.
23 days ago
Pennsylvania looks to push statewide EV adoption
Pennsylvania is looking to become the next state with an initiative to promote the adoption and daily use of electrified automobiles, and several government entities have spawned a coalition to do just that.
28 days ago
Pedri: Vehicle registration fee will help fix roads, bridges
Luzerne County Manager David Pedri on Tuesday made the case for enacting a $5 vehicle registration fee to raise revenue to repair county-owned roads and bridges.
28 days ago
State money to help improve track between Reading, Ephrata
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday the approval of $32 million being spent on 27 rail freight improvement projects, including one that will help the East Penn Railroad rehabilitate some of its track in eastern Pennsylvania.
28 days ago
Causeway extension to allow another pier to be built for massive thruway bridge
More of the nearly mile-long Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge will be under construction this year than had been anticipated.
29 days ago
County council to debate vehicle registration fee
Luzerne County Council on Tuesday will discuss a proposal to enact a county-wide $5 vehicle registration fee to pay for repairs to county-owned roads and bridges.
29 days ago
State seeks input on improving conditions for biking, walking
If you are a pedestrian or a bicyclist — and most of us are one or both — the state Department of Transportation wants to hear from you.
29 days ago
Trib editorial: The toll from Act 44 widens
For some of Pennsylvania government's more egregious mistakes, the public never stops paying. Act 44 is one of those mistakes.
29 days ago
Pa. Turnpike's move toward cashless tolling expanding to additional segments of toll road
As part of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's converstion to cashless tolling, some additional segments of the toll road in Washington, Allegheny, and Lackawanna County are on track to go cashless next month.
4 weeks ago
House Transportation chairman calls for raising pump fees, altering Highway Trust Fund for sake of infrastructure
In an Op-Ed published Wednesday in the Washington Times, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sounded off a call for cooperation on the nation’s infrastructure, including changes to the Highway Trust Fund and raising a user fee at the pump.
4 weeks ago
SEPTA to stop selling tokens April 30
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has announced it will stop selling tokens to individual riders April 30.
4 weeks ago
Potters Mills Gap, US Route 322 transportation project enters Phase 3, PennDOT says
The final phase of the estimated nearly $107 million project to improve the stretch of Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills was bid Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation. PennDOT is expected to award the $82,374,064 Phase 3 project to Glenn O. Hawbaker, of State College, and give notice to proceed in May.
4 weeks ago
PennDOT using data obtained from cell phones to study Danville area intersection | PennLive.com
DANVILLE - Motorists driving through the intersection of Routes 54 and 642 near Danville unknowingly are taking part in a traffic study for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
4 weeks ago
Republican governor calls on Congress to raise gas tax
It's time to raise the federal gas tax to help fix Michigan's ravaged roads, Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday. Snyder, a Republican who is under fire along with state lawmakers over the shape of Michigan's roads, said the state has taken steps to increase road funding and can do more, but it's also time for the federal government to step up.
4 weeks ago
Governor Wolf announces funding increase for municipal road projects
Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the distribution of nearly $489 million in liquid fuels payments to municipalities through PennDOT to help maintain local roads and bridges. This distribution marks a $22.8 million, or 4.9 percent, increase over the $466.2 million distributed in 2017.
5 weeks ago
Truckers' lawsuit calls for refund of 'excessive' Pa. turnpike toll hikes
Two nationwide truck driving groups want nearly $6 billion in refunds from Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls they say were improperly used by PennDOT for public transit and other uses, says a federal lawsuit filed this week.
5 weeks ago
Pennsylvania toll lawsuit similar to pending New York case
A trucking industry lawsuit filed Thursday against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission makes comparable arguments to a New York lawsuit that's currently at the appellate stage.
5 weeks ago
How often do drivers crash on Pennsylvania's roads?
Pennsylvania has over 120,000 miles of roads and highways, about a third of which are maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This report outlines how often motorists crashed on state roads, how often those crashes resulted in injuries or fatalities, and whether that figure has increased or decreased in recent years.
5 weeks ago
Firm that designed bridge that collapsed in Fla. engineered some of Pa.'s most spectacular bridges
The Florida-based company's work includes the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge spanning the Susquehanna River just south of Harrisburg. Another major project is the turnpike bridge spanning the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh.
5 weeks ago
Coalition promotes electric car driving in Pennsylvania
The Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition will unveil details of its draft plan to help expand electric vehicle use in the state at a public meeting on March 26.
5 weeks ago
Pa. House advances bill allowing driverless work vehicles
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland County), would permit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to use autonomous vehicles in work zones designated by either entity.
5 weeks ago
Better road designs, bigger signs would help older drivers, study says
States should do more to make to make roads safer for older drivers, who are at increasing risk of dying in crashes, a national study released Tuesday recommended.
5 weeks ago
A warning for Pa? Cities across the U.S. are 'transit deserts' that leave people stranded
Less than two months after President Donald Trump pledged in his State of the Union Address to "rebuild our crumbling infrastructure," prospects look dim.
6 weeks ago
How does this pothole season in Pa. compare to last year?
This is pothole season, and PennDOT says it looks like there will be a bumper crop this year.
6 weeks ago
New bill will allow Pa. cops to use radar but not abuse it, lawmaker says
A Camp Hill lawmaker says he is drafting a new bill that will allow local cops in Pennsylvania to use radar devices to catch speeders but prevent them from abusing them to generate cash.
6 weeks ago
Chesco Mayor’s Association backs bill giving radar to municipal police
A bill that would allow municipal police departments to enforce speed limits with radar has advanced in the state legislature, and local officials are urging lawmakers to pass it into law.
6 weeks ago
Legislators discuss how to improve, fund PA transportation issues
State Rep. Madeleine Dean says Pennsylvania lawmakers, five years ago, were able to work together to come up with sustainable funding for transportation, unlike what she calls a missed opportunity at the federal level.
6 weeks ago
The goal of seamless urban mobility
We won't Uber our way out of traffic congestion. What's needed is a system to integrate all transportation options.
6 weeks ago
There's a smart way to pay for infrastructure. Trump can tell Congress how
President Donald Trump ran on rebuilding the nation's roads, rails and ports, a priority that members of both parties share. Yet no additional miles of highway, no new runways, no more miles of track will be built without a substantial infusion of federal money.
6 weeks ago
As Trump threatens to kill New York tunnel project, its leader responds
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao shocked lawmakers from New York and New Jersey recently when she harshly criticized the top item on their wish list: new Amtrak tunnels under the Hudson River to replace the deteriorating 107-year-old tunnels currently in use.
6 weeks ago
Budget hearings dredge up police funding conundrum (again)
Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to figure out a better way to pay for state police. Most of the department's annual budget comes from the commonwealth's Motor License Fund, which is supposed to pay for roads and bridges.
6 weeks ago
Can ride-hailing companies cure medical transportation woes?
Lyft and Uber are attempting to cure a major medical problem for poor people and the elderly: Getting a ride to the doctor. The ride-hailing services are expanding their offer to take patients around the country to and from non-emergency health care appointments, and they have a huge market to target.
7 weeks ago
PennDOT road construction projects announced for region
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 146 highway and bridge projects will begin or continue across the seven-county southwest region.
7 weeks ago
PennDOT announces a surprising addition to summer's roadwork schedule: Parkway East | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will add an unexpected project to this construction season: paving the Parkway East from the Fort Pitt Bridge to the Edgewood-Swissvale exit.
7 weeks ago
SEPTA attorney among nominees to Surface Transportation Board
Patrick J. Fuchs, who hails from Wisconsin, and Michelle A. Schultz of Pennsylvania, will each be nominated for a five-year term.
7 weeks ago
This 18-mile stretch of Georgia highway is a living laboratory for clean energy
In a tribute to their late father’s vision, Ray Anderson’s daughters have turned an 18-mile stretch of rural Georgia highway named after Anderson into a living laboratory for clean energy innovation.
7 weeks ago
State College company picked to help improve transit systems statewide
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that Avail Technologies Inc. has been selected to implement a Fixed Route Intelligent Transportation System (FRITS) for 32 transit systems.
7 weeks ago
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