How could Trump’s infrastructure proposal affect southwestern PA
One displeased local Democrat is Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. He expressed frustration on Twitter over the proposed cuts in federal funding. Peduto was also upset over proposed changes to the funding formula. Cities currently receive $4 in federal funds for every $1 they offer, but Trump’s proposal means they would only receive $1 for every $4 they offer.
3 days ago
Wolf tries again to get state police-covered towns to pay up
There are 2,571 municipalities in Pennsylvania and yet 1,700 of them rely on the Pennsylvania State Police to provide full- or part-time police coverage. The 4,300 enlisted troopers on the force work out of 16 barracks across the commonwealth with jurisdiction over 82 percent of the state and about one-fourth (3.3 million) of the population.
4 days ago
Wolf tries again to get state police-covered towns to pay up
To provide new revenue streams to the force Gov. Tom Wolf again proposed a $25 per capita fee to municipalities that use state police coverage when he announced his 2018-19 budget proposal in Harrisburg on Feb. 6.
5 days ago
Trump tempts transportation cataclysm
The tunnels are at the center of the most important rail link in the U.S. - the Northeast Corridor, which generates 20 percent of our domestic product, but is now held together with sticky tape and glue.
5 days ago
Project to connect I-95, PA Turnpike nears major milestone
Since I-95′s completion in 1969, plans called for creating a seamless link between the interstate and the turnpike. In 2018, project engineers say, they will finally make good on the decades-old promise to make the connection and have I-95 stretch continuously from Maine to Florida.
5 days ago
PennDOT to tackle rural roads, locally owned bridges under Gov. Wolf's budget proposal
Part of Gov. Tom Wolf's 2018-19 budget proposal would steer more money toward fixing rural, low-traffic roads and locally owned bridges, officials said.
9 days ago
PhilaPort infrastructure investments expecting another record year
After investing $1 billion and changing its name from the Port of Philadelphia to PhilaPort in 2017, the port had a record year for containerized cargo activity — a success the port is prepared to repeat.
9 days ago
PennDOT wants feedback for bicycle, pedestrian master plan
PennDOT wants public feedback to update its bicycle and pedestrian master plan.
9 days ago
Donald Trump wants to build a bridge. And you're going to pay for it.
President Donald Trump's plan to spend $200 billion in federal money to somehow spur $1.5 trillion in state, local and private investment in infrastructure reconstruction elicited something like a collective eyeroll when it was finally made public on Monday.
9 days ago
Despite what you've heard, America's infrastructure is not 'crumbling'
According to reports, President Trump wanted to announce the biggest investment in public works since President Eisenhower unveiled the interstate highway system. But in the wake of tax cuts, the real deficit was too big to close what Trump calls "the infrastructure deficit." So he had to settle for a plan that would spend $200 billion in federal taxpayer money over the next decade and lay the rest of the $1.5 trillion on state and local taxpayers.
9 days ago
Trump's infrastructure plan rests on some rickety assumptions
Experts greeted the long-awaited details of President Donald Trump's promise to unleash a US$1.5 trillion wave of new infrastructure spending with skepticism.
11 days ago
Can congestion pricing fix New York City's traffic woes?
One day soon, drivers in New York City may be charged a toll to enter the heart of the city, the part of Manhattan from Wall Street to Central Park. Imposing such a fee would not only aim to cut traffic, it would also raise much-needed revenue to fix the city's struggling subway system.
11 days ago
Trump would allow long-prohibited interstate tolls
Tolls are one way President Trump hopes to finance more highway and bridge projects, with his proposal Monday aiming to lift the longstanding federal prohibition against such fees on interstate highways.
11 days ago
Trump takes aim at blue states in infrastructure plan
Major transportation projects in blue states may be in jeopardy in President Donald Trump’s 10-year infrastructure plan, which critics say favors little-populated rural areas to the detriment of urban America.
11 days ago
When -- and where -- will electric vehicles rule the roads?
In the race to replace the internal combustion engine that propels most of the world's cars, trucks and buses with vehicles powered by electricity, one country stands out, and it might not be one that immediately comes to mind.
11 days ago
Trump launches $1.5 trillion infrastructure sales pitch
The White House finally rolled out President Donald Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan Monday, swinging for the fences with a $1.5 trillion initiative that is light on new federal dollars — but could inspire a wave of toll roads, ease decades-old regulations and permanently change cities’ and states’ expectations for assistance from Washington.
12 days ago
First girders for Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge due on site this week
The first steel girders for the nearly mile-long bridge that will carry Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River are due on site this week.
12 days ago
Gov. Tom Wolf announces 45 multimodal projects for Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced funding for 45 multimodal transportation projects that will benefit 22 communities. The projects, which include highways, bridges, bike and pedestrian paths, ports and waterways, are made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.
12 days ago
Pa. budget toss-up: More spending, due largely to fixed costs, for criminal justice
Pennsylvania State Police would see a bump in state funding in Gov. Tom Wolf's 2018-19 budget, up $8.8 million to $260.5 million. The proposal once again includes a $25 per capita fee for municipalities that rely solely on state police coverage, which would generate $63 million and in turn help shift that burden off the Motor License Fund and onto local taxpayers.
12 days ago
What's holding driverless cars back? It's not tech. It's people, says Michigan governor
Driverless vehicle technology is advancing quickly, but don’t expect it to suddenly change everything about getting around in cars. The introduction of autonomous vehicles will happen much more gradually, says Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
16 days ago
Turnpike work to get underway
The total reconstruction and widening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension (Interstate 476) between Lansdale (exit 31) and Quakertown (exit 44) will begin later this month, weather permitting.
17 days ago
Trump to unveil outline of infrastructure plan Feb. 12
Details of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would propose funding for rural projects and streamlining the permitting process will be unveiled by President Donald Trump on Feb. 12, a White House official told Transport Topics.
17 days ago
How Uber could get its unmanned driverless vehicles on Pennsylvania roads by 2019
Speaking with Bloomberg News at a recent event at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made a bold — if not obvious — declaration. As soon as next year, he said, the company wants to remove human failsafes from the driverless vehicles it’s currently testing in cities such as Pittsburgh.
19 days ago
Trump's talk on infrastructure leaves big questions for Pennsylvania, N.J. projects
President Trump’s comments on transportation infrastructure Tuesday night left planners uncertain about how the Philadelphia region would pay for big-ticket projects that have been years in development.
19 days ago
Why fewer people take public transit (hint: it's not just Uber)
In Los Angeles, the number of bus and rail trips taken last year was the lowest in more than a decade. Over just the last five years, transit ridership has declined 15 percent. What's behind the huge drops?
19 days ago
Lehigh Valley transportation expert: 'Math does not work' in Trump's infrastructure plan
Transportation officials in the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere worry that projects could be put in jeopardy by a vague, emerging plan from the Trump administration that seemingly upends the long-established way federal, state and local governments pay for transportation advances.
19 days ago
CPI dedicates training center to Glenn O. Hawbaker
Approximately four years after it was built, Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology’s Transportation Training Center has been renamed after one of CPI’s biggest advocates. On Tuesday afternoon, CPI held a dedication ceremony to recognize this new change and unveil the building’s new namesake: the Glenn O. Hawbaker Transportation Training Center.
23 days ago
Report shows Pa. has second-most structurally deficient bridges
According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the state is still second in the nation when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges.
25 days ago
PhilaPort making solid case to attract still more cargo up Delaware River
Rebranded in 2017 as PhilaPort, the Port of Philadelphia, coming off its best year ever in terms of containerized cargo activity, is indeed ideally poised to bring more love on the part of shippers and carriers to the City of Brotherly Love.
25 days ago
Regional transit key to economic progress
The availability of a good job means little if the worker cannot get to that job.
25 days ago
PhilaPort moves quickly to accommodate surge in cargo
As the port’s $392 million main channel deepening project approaches completion, cargo volumes in the Port of Philadelphia are surging. In 2017, container cargoes grew by 19 percent, leading all ports on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. The growth is especially significant since the port is busy implementing its $300 million capital improvement plan.
25 days ago
Mayors skeptical of Trump infrastructure plan
When big-city mayors met in Washington last week, one of their primary messages regarding infrastructure was that the federal government should send new money directly to cities, rather than through states. The Trump administration seems open to the idea.
26 days ago
SEPTA approves King of Prussia extension
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on Thursday approved the Norristown High-Speed Line extension that would provide direct service to King of Prussia Mall. The extension would give passengers a faster link between King of Prussia, Center City and University City.
28 days ago
SEPTA offers look into station upgrades, electric buses
At an open house at SEPTA headquarters, riders and transportation advocates got a chance to see what’s on the drawing board for SEPTA’s 12-year capital program.
4 weeks ago
Leaked Trump infrastructure plan would put onus on states
The Trump administration has hinted for months that its long-awaited infrastructure plan would lean heavily on new spending by states, local governments and the private sector. On Monday, a leaked outline of that plan seems to confirm that the federal government would take a back seat in funding its own infrastructure initiative.
4 weeks ago
After 61 years, Interstate 95 is almost complete
Interstate 95, the country’s most used highway, will finally run as one continuous road between Miami and Maine by the late summer. The interstate’s infamous “gap” on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border will be closed, turning I-95 into an unbroken river of concrete more than 1,900 miles long.
4 weeks ago
Wolf administration announces investments to improve nine airports
Nine airports across the Commonwealth are making safety and equipment upgrades with the help of nearly $2.4 million in state investment funds.
4 weeks ago
More states turning to toll roads to raise cash
Several states are opening new toll roads this year and rates on many existing turnpikes and tollways are going up.
4 weeks ago
PennDot relies on towns for plowing help. And is paying them more for it
It’s not often a state agency says it should be paying more for a service. But when it comes to fighting snow and ice, PennDOT this year gave handsome raises to 94 municipalities in the region.
4 weeks ago
With gas taxes in peril, more states study alternatives
After more than a decade of watching Oregon and a handful of other states test alternatives to traditional gasoline taxes, more states, with the help of federal money, are now joining the quest.
5 weeks ago
CSVT progressing
The northern section of the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project will continue to take shape this year as work on the roadway speeds along throughout 2018.
5 weeks ago
Editorial | Despite hiccup, bridge program good for Pa.
The original plan called for the work to be complete in August 2018, but Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners agreed to speed up the work and finish in 2017, according to PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick. But as the calendar turned, 390 bridges had been completed, leaving 168 still to be completed.
6 weeks ago
Road Warrior: PennDOT retrofitting bridges with same flaw that shut down Delaware River Bridge
PennDOT is taking pre-emptive steps to fix bridges with the same flaw that shut down a major bridge over the Delaware River last year.
6 weeks ago
RabbitTransit will manage CAT by month's end
RabbitTransit will provide management services to Capital Area Transit come the end of January, under an agreement approved today by CAT’s board. York-based RabbitTransit will provide administrative functions to CAT, which is joint operation of Dauphin and Cumberland counties, and the City of Harrisburg.
7 weeks ago
5 questions for autonomous car pioneer Chris Urmson
After leaving a leadership post at Google's autonomous car unit, Chris Urmson and two other self-driving vehicle pioneers are back in the race with a new company that will rival their former employers.
7 weeks ago
Rail industry warned of brake-system deadline
The Trump administration has fired a warning shot to the nation’s railroads, saying it plans to hold them to a December deadline to install an automatic braking system that might have prevented last month’s fatal Amtrak accident in Washington, the Philadelphia derailment that killed eight passengers in 2015 and scores of other train wrecks.
7 weeks ago
Audit to examine impact of toll hikes on Pennsylvania Turnpike traffic, revenue
The state auditor general's office will conduct a performance audit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in light of concerns that annual toll hikes will cause traffic to decline and generate less money for important construction projects.
7 weeks ago
Bridge replacements not as rapid as promised
The original contract with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners called for completion by August 2018. The company subsequently agreed to accelerate the work to finish in 2017, said Richard Kirkpatrick, PennDOT spokesman.
7 weeks ago
Pennsylvania's Shuster to join GOP exodus
House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down at the end of his term, joining a fast-growing wave of GOP lawmakers heading for the exits.
7 weeks ago
Year-end report: PennDOT says it’s delivering transportation value
PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards this week issued a year-end report on the department’s performance in 2017. Richards said the Wolf Administration is taking seriously its responsibility to care for the transportation assets used by Pennsylvanians every day.
7 weeks ago
Port of Philadelphia readying for new construction, new equipment
The Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) recently announced that it is preparing to receive new cranes, new ships, new facilities as well as the new jobs to go with them.
7 weeks ago
Driving on the PA Turnpike is about to become a bit more pricey in 2018
Starting January 7, tolls will go up 6 percent. The price hike applies to both those paying cash and those using E-ZPass.
7 weeks ago
Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale launches Turnpike audit
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the launch of a performance audit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The audit will cover between June 2015 and May 2017 assessing the performance, procedures, operating and capital budgets, debt and accounts of the Turnpike Commission.
7 weeks ago
Philly's port prepares for further growth: Bigger ships, expanded cargoes, new cranes, more jobs
At the Port of Philadelphia, two harbor cranes, as large as any in the world, will arrive in early March. The first ship taking used-car exports will leave Philadelphia for Africa next month, and the largest ship ever to sail up the Delaware River will dock here in January with cargo from South America.
8 weeks ago
Transportation system could sway Amazon to choose Pa.
PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards recently testified in front a State House Transportation Committee about the use of PennDOT funds. Richards says, based on information she received, the state’s transit system could play a role in landing Amazon’s new North American headquarters in three locations in the Commonwealth.
8 weeks ago
PennDOT, Plenary Walsh wrap up 2017 construction season
PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners are expected to finish this construction season by checking another bridge opening off the list. It will be the 390th out of 558 structurally deficient bridges set to be repaired by PennDOT's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
8 weeks ago
Eulogy for the SEPTA token
Philadelphia is the last big American city that still uses tokens on transit, and in a few years, when the last SEPTA token pays for its last ride, an era in transportation will end.
8 weeks ago
Five imperatives for transportation infrastructure funding
In early 2018 the Trump administration will turn its attention to our deteriorating and outmoded infrastructure. It is about time.
8 weeks ago
SEPTA to phase out sales of tokens at subway stations
Transit officials in Philadelphia say they will begin phasing out sales of tokens at subway stations next month. SEPTA says token sales will be phased out at cashier's booths and vending machines at stations on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines starting in mid-January.
9 weeks ago
Increased vehicle registration fees in Erie County to pay for road repair
Erie County Council approved an ordinance Tuesday that permits the implementation of an additional fee for vehicle registration of up to five dollars for the county's residents. It is intended to boost infrastructure like roads, bridges and bike paths.
9 weeks ago
$1.3 million awarded to Lehigh Valley transportation projects and programs
The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study awarded $1.3 million in federal money to five transportation needs in the Lehigh Valley. The funds will go toward preserving a historic covered bridge, improving pedestrian safety along urban corridors and educating youngsters about bicycle safety and maintenance.
9 weeks ago
Official: Improved bayfront connections priority for Erie
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Community and Economic Development visited Erie Friday to help announce state funding that will go toward improvements along the Bayfront Parkway.
9 weeks ago
Officials cut ribbon on transit CNG station under Pa. program
Pennsylvania’s Wolf administration has announced the start of service at another of the 29 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations already built or planned as part of a statewide Public-Private Partnership (P3) project.
10 weeks ago
Senate panel OKs tough new DUI standards, targets repeat offenders
The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed a measure to address egregious DUI offenses, including persistent DUI offenders. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
10 weeks ago
SEPTA marks Philadelphia trolley's 125th anniversary
It has been 125 years since the first trolley started rolling through the streets of Philadelphia. SEPTA will mark the occasion Friday by unveiling a specially wrapped 125th anniversary trolley at its Elmwood District.
10 weeks ago
Speeding through Pa. work zones is common, and really dangerous for drivers
A couple years ago, while crews were replacing drainage pipes along a rural road in eastern York County, a car drove past “road closed” signs and traveled toward a ditch in the work zone. The workers screamed. The driver stopped.
10 weeks ago
Larson Transportation Institute's annual conference is a huge success
The 2017 Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) wrapped up Friday, Dec. 8, at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on the University Park campus of Penn State. One of the largest conferences of its kind held in the region, and the main annual conference hosted by the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI), TESC continues to attract some of the best and brightest in the transportation industry.
10 weeks ago
This Pennsylvania town has the worst commute in the country
Traffic can be a bear in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, but a town in the Poconos that’s home to actual bears has earned the distinction of having the worst commute time in the nation, according to findings recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
10 weeks ago
Beyond the bus: ‘microtransit’ helps cities expand transportation services
For several years, private companies have tried to fill the last-mile gap in public transit systems by offering on-demand, shared rides. Many of these "microtransit" services -- something between ride sharing and traditional transit -- have foundered. Now, several public transit agencies have started to explore whether they could offer microtransit options themselves.
10 weeks ago
Rep. Shuster honored with AAR award
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and industry advocacy group GoRail recently presented Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) with its Railroad Achievement Award. The award recognizes Congress members who show bipartisan leadership on issues pertaining to the rail industry and who recognize the role railways play in the U.S. economy.
10 weeks ago
PennDOT announces the completion of bike lanes on 3 state highways
In its ongoing effort to enhance the bicycle experience across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has completed new bicycle lanes on three suburban state highways in the Philadelphia region.
10 weeks ago
Administration’s infrastructure plans point to 2018 investment debates
President Donald Trump’s administration this week confirmed it will provide its long-anticipated infrastructure proposal to Congress in January. The federal package would be split into four buckets: funding for states and localities that promise to take on more of the financial burden of infrastructure building and upkeep; block grants for rural areas; existing federal loan programs; and money for high-impact, “transformational” projects.
11 weeks ago
Penn researchers are using Grand Theft Auto to help test self-driving cars
The popular video game Grand Theft Auto is helping Penn researchers test new autonomous vehicle technology. Rahul Mangharam, an associate professor in Penn’s Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, is leading a team of six to test an autonomous driving software. 
11 weeks ago
Tea Party insurgent weighs another bid to oust GOP Transportation chair
Tea party insurgent Art Halvorson is weighing yet another bid to oust veteran Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), he told The Hill. Halvorson unsuccessfully challenged Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in the past two election cycles, including running as a Democrat in the 2016 general election after Shuster narrowly won the GOP primary.
11 weeks ago
Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls going up again in January
Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are scheduled to go up 6 percent early next month in what will mark the 10th straight year of rate increases along the nation's oldest superhighway.
11 weeks ago
PennDOT secretary is on board with autonomous vehicles
PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards recently testified at a Pa. House Transportation Committee on autonomous vehicles. Richards says she supports the technology based on statistics.
11 weeks ago
Beyond roundabouts, PennDOT plans diverging diamond interchanges
If PennDOT rocked the boat when it began building roundabouts, expect things to get even stranger when diverging diamond interchanges start appearing in the midstate over the next few years.
12 weeks ago
Start gathering your identifying documents now for 2019 REAL ID rollout, PennDOT says
As PennDOT brings its driver-licensing systems in line with the federal “REAL ID” standards, the agency is urging residents to start gathering the required identifying documents now or check with the state in a few months to see if they're already on file.
12 weeks ago
5 things to know about the stretch of I-78 slated for $175 million project
If you’ve ever driven west of the Lehigh Valley on Interstate 78, then you know how the large expressway shape-shifts as you enter Berks County. Elevations change, curves become curvier and an encroaching claustrophobia takes hold. Suddenly the tractor trailers sharing the road seem too close for comfort.
12 weeks ago
Uncertainty mounts over timing of Trump’s infrastructure plan
Uncertainty is growing on Capitol Hill over whether the Trump administration will immediately turn to an infrastructure package after Congress finishes tax reform. President Trump has promised to unveil his long-awaited rebuilding plan after taxes, but he may be eager to first revisit the health-care debate, according to a top Republican.
12 weeks ago
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