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.
14 hours 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.
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.
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.
4 days 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. 
4 days 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.
5 days 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.
7 days 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.
8 days 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 days 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.
13 days 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.
13 days 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.
13 days ago
The GOP tax bills are infrastructure bills too. Here’s why.
The tax code overhauls being pushed by congressional Republicans might not sound like infrastructure bills, but they contain many provisions that could have a big impact on the ability of states and localities to pay for public works improvements.
15 days ago
Update On 422 Bridge Expansion « CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The expansion of the Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River is on pace for a 2020 opening, with a lane shift expected by the end of the year.
15 days ago
PennDOT pares list of structurally deficient bridges
As far back as the early years of the Gov. Ed Rendell administration, PennDOT District 12 Executive Joseph Szczur “knew we had a tidal wave of bad bridges coming our way.”
15 days ago
Sen. Rafferty, PennDOT Secretary Richards provide update on construction of new U.S. 422 bridge
Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., (R-44) joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and various government officials at a November 17 news conference announcing the expedited delivery of a new and improved U.S. 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River,  which spans West Norriton Township and Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County.
15 days ago
Pennsylvanians take to the road, rails and sky for holiday
Pennsylvanians are hitting the roads, rails and airports for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Pennsylvania Turnpike says more than 3.5 million cars and trucks will use the toll road during the six-day holiday period.
20 days ago
End of I-70 interchange project planned in New Stanton
State and local officials will celebrate the completion of the New Stanton interchange project along Interstate 70 on Tuesday.
22 days ago
PennDOT discusses CSVT
During a public meeting attended by more than 300 people Wednesday evening at the Selinsgrove Area Middle School, representatives from PennDOT and Gannett Fleming explained the reasons behind selecting the Eastern Alternative from the three options proposed to avoid the fly-ash basins.
26 days ago
Northern section of Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway to open as soon as it's finished: PennDOT
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says it is planning to open the northern section of the without waiting for the southern part to be completed.
26 days ago
P3 bridge project marks milestone with 350th completed bridge
A massive infrastructure program in Pennsylvania designed to rapidly replace 558 structurally deficient bridges across Pennsylvania marked a milestone Tuesday -- the competition of its 350th bridge.
28 days ago
Meet Mr. Bicycle, who’s helped fix thousands of bikes in Pennsylvania
Some 15 years ago, Ross Willard was volunteering with a food program in Harrisburg, Pa., when he started to notice children riding bicycles with brakes that didn’t work.
29 days ago
Pa. should follow this road map to an electrical vehicle future
Pennsylvania is in dire need of a regulatory roadmap to ensure that the state embraces a competitive marketplace that encourages innovation and customer choice.
29 days ago
Wolf won't transfer money from transit trust
Gov. Tom Wolf won’t say what funds he will tap to fill a $300 million gap in the state budget, but his office said Thursday he won’t touch transportation funds.
4 weeks ago
Route 15 lanes reopen as building of Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway moves forward
All four lanes of state Route 15 in the Winfield area of Union County are scheduled to be open to traffic later this week now that a temporary bridge over the highway is completed.
4 weeks ago
PennDOT recommends CSVT alternative
PennDOT’s Montoursville-based Engineering District 3 has announced it is recommending the Eastern Alternative for realigning a portion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project southern section to avoid the nearby fly ash waste basins. The eastern alternative runs along the east side of the ash basins and can be viewed on, along with the two other alternatives under consideration and tables comparing the engineering and environmental impacts of each alternate route.
PennDOT will host a public meeting to present the reasons for recommending the Eastern Alternative and collect feedback from 6:30 PM to 9 PM on Wednesday November 15, at the Selinsgrove Middle School, 401 18th Street, Selinsgrove, PA.
4 weeks ago
Trump administration working to update driverless vehicle guidance | TheHill
The Trump administration is already in the process of updating its federal guidance for driverless vehicles, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday.
5 weeks ago
Road Warrior: Deer in the headlights
Deer can be many things. Majestic. Pests. Prey. King of the forest, if Disney can be trusted. But too often for Pennsylvania drivers, they’re road kill, and expensive ones at that.
5 weeks ago
Pennsylvanian Opens Latest CNG Station Under P-3 Program - NGT News
Pennsylvania’s Wolf administration recently announced the opening of the seventh of 29 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations planned as part of a statewide Public-Private Partnership (P3) project.
5 weeks ago
Cheryl Moon-Sirianni named PennDOT's top executive in Pittsburgh region | TribLIVE
PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards has appointed Cheryl Moon-Sirianni as PennDOT's top executive for District 11, which covers Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.
5 weeks ago
Lawmakers looking at potential PennDOT, Turnpike Commission merger
A resolution to explore a possible merger of PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is heading toward a vote in the state Senate.
5 weeks ago
Efforts under way to secure federal funding for I-80/I-99 high-speed interchange
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will soon apply for a federal grant that, if awarded, would fund the construction of a long-planned high-speed interchange between Interstates 80 and 99 at Bellefonte.
5 weeks ago
PennDOT seeks federal help funding I-99/1-80 interchange project | Centre Daily Times

It’s been about a decade since the I-99/I-80 interchange project stalled due to lack of funding.

Now, the state Department of Transportation is applying for a federal grant that, if awarded, will help finally bring the project to fruition.
6 weeks ago
GOP chairman: No appetite for gas tax hike now in House | TheHill
The head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Thursday that there is little appetite in the lower chamber right now for a hike in the federal gasoline tax.

The administration is considering a 7-cent gas tax increase to pay for President Trump’s long-stalled infrastructure plan, which would be the first federal hike in the fuel tax in more than two decades.
6 weeks ago
Speeding and DUI in Pa.: They are both killers, so why do we only avoid one?
Speeding kills – almost as much as driving under the influence – and transportation officials, lawmakers and police need to take steps to reduce the number of deaths, according to a recent report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
6 weeks ago
Stroudsburg area residents concerned about I-80 expansion
PennDOT plans call for 3.5 miles of the highway to be reconstructed, widened, and reconfigured in the Stroudsburg area.
6 weeks ago
Group opposes adding speed cameras to construction zones
A new program being considered in Harrisburg could automatically lead to a ticket, an idea proponents say is meant to save lives but which some argue is nothing more than a money grab.
6 weeks ago
Lawmakers want budget details before authorizing new funding for state police support of municipalities
Many officials have long been concerned about an increasing reliance on state police for primary patrols without a more direct, fee-for-service type of funding mechanism.  The issue has grown more dire as the state began tapering off diversions to the state police from the state’s Motor License Fund. 
7 weeks ago
PennDOT to reveal new path for thruway in Snyder County
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to reveal the new location for an approximately two-mile section of the Route 15 bypass in Snyder County at a public meeting Nov. 15. Feedback will be sought at the meeting to be held at the Selinsgrove Middle School, spokesman David Thompson said.
7 weeks ago
I-95 Corridor Coalition, Delaware DOT to test mileage-based revenue project with trucks
The I-95 Corridor Coalition, in a partnership with the Delaware Department of Transportation, is leading a pilot program to assess the feasibility of generating mileage-based revenue from trucks.
7 weeks ago
Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop will launch digging in Maryland, state and company say
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) — taking a cue from the big splash, low information PR strategy of Elon Musk — tweeted Thursday that Musk’s Boring Company is going to build a Hyperloop tunnel from Baltimore to Washington.
7 weeks ago
Louisiana voters OK measure to tighten transportation spending
Louisiana officials agree that the state's roads need fixing. Beyond that, though, they can’t seem to agree on what to do about it. But they did make some progress earlier this month toward a solution when the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment to safeguard any money raised by new gas taxes.
7 weeks ago
Are you driving around with an expired registration sticker?
Officials are warning Pennsylvanians, especially those who travel out of state, to tear it off, or risk being pulled over.
7 weeks ago
New 511 map shows when PennDOT last plowed roads
Just in time for winter, a new PennDOT 511 map will show you the last time a PennDOT plow truck made its way down the highway.
7 weeks ago
State approves $87 million contract for section of Southern Beltway
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has taken another step forward on the next section of the Southern Beltway, a 13-mile highway that will connect Route 22 to Interstate 79.
7 weeks ago
House Transportation Committee approves joint bill on work zone speed cameras
The House Transportation Committee amended and unanimously approved a joint legislative proposal introduced by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) yesterday which seeks to protect construction workers and improve driver safety in active work zones.
8 weeks ago
Speed cameras proposed in work zones along Pennsylvania highways
State lawmakers are working on proposals to install speed cameras in work zones along Pennsylvania highways. A House version of the bill would fine speeders $40, while a Senate bill would fine them $100, said Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver Falls, sponsor of the House bill.
8 weeks ago
Will this Pa. company be the first to bring a driverless vehicle to market?
An Allentown-area business, Royal Trucks, has been developing an automated construction vehicle for use in work zones. It hopes to begin testing the truck soon.
8 weeks ago
Massive bridge over Susquehanna may not open for years after it's completed
The opening of a 4,545-foot bridge being built over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the Winfield area could be delayed  for several years after it is completed in 2020.
8 weeks ago
Secretary pushes importance of STEM for women in transportation
For the state Department of Transportation, teaching students the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are a priority as the department continues to aim for diversity in its workforce.
8 weeks ago
Business, community leaders form coalition to push for highway projects
The Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) has been considering how to fund a a new high-speed interchange between Interstates 99 and 80 at Bellefonte as well as improvements to the two-lane stretch of Route 322 between Boalsburg and Potters Mills.
8 weeks ago
Road hazard: Statistics on distracted driving ‘sobering, real’
In Pennsylvania, all drivers are prohibited from using a cellphone or other electronic device to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion. Violators face a fine of $50 plus court costs and other fees. Is the penalty enough to stop people of all ages from texting while driving?
9 weeks ago
Massive Pa Turnpike detour rescheduled for Oct. 13-16
A lengthy detour of more than an hour is being planned for the Northeastern Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Oct. 13 through 16th. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area if at all possible, or plan for an additional hour of travel time that weekend.
9 weeks ago
PA Turnpike broadband PPP paves way for connected travel
A primary purpose of the broadband network will be to expand the PTC’s cashless toll collections. It will also provide connectivity for the PTC’s administrative buildings, maintenance sheds, tolling systems, traffic cameras, electronic road signs, in addition to accommodating future applications.
9 weeks ago
Public-private bridge deal getting job done
A contractor hired by the state to replace more than 500 bridges in three years appears on track to get the job done on time, a PennDOT official said this week.
10 weeks ago
Now Lower Nazareth could leave Colonial Regional Police
Lower Nazareth Township could become the next municipality to pull out of Colonial Regional Police, the 24-person force created more than 20 years ago to serve Lower Nazareth, Hanover Township, and Bath in Northampton County.
10 weeks ago
Pittsburgh's Bike Culture Must Be Preserved Amid Transportation Issues
In a city where 25 percent of households have no access to a vehicle, people are being pushed to areas without quality transit or safe biking and walking options, decimating their quality of life. 
10 weeks ago
Public transportation would help many people. But will it ever happen?
Since a fixed-route public bus system shut down in 2004 after operating for 13 years, county residents have had few public transportation options to choose from.
10 weeks ago
Trump backs off vow that private sector should help pay for infrastructure package - The Washington Post
President Trump told lawmakers Tuesday that he was abandoning a key element of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package, complaining that certain partnerships between the private sector and federal government simply don’t work.
10 weeks ago
Trump abandons idea that private sector should help fund infrastructure
President Trump told lawmakers Tuesday that he was abandoning a key element of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package, complaining that certain partnerships between the private sector and federal government simply don’t work.
10 weeks ago
Route 219 extension set to open summer 2018
Construction crews are paving the way for drivers in Somerset County. The 11-mile Route 219 extension will connect Somerset to Meyersdale. The four-lane highway features six new bridges.
11 weeks ago
PA state budget woes may affect Pittsburgh’s bus system
The latest attempt to fund the state, which was passed by the PA House of Representatives, has the Port Authority warning of drastic consequences which would affect Pittsburgh residents and Duquesne students. The PA Senate voted on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to send the bill back to the House.
11 weeks ago
Pa. budget impasse leads to credit downgrade
When it returned to the Capitol last week, the House instead passed a no-new-tax plan that involved transferring money out of special state funds that pay for transportation and environmental projects, among other things.
11 weeks ago
Pennsylvania's Destructive Budget Machinations
Oh, what a tangled and fiscally risky web is woven when tax dollars meant to be spent on one thing are diverted to other things, scholars at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy say.
12 weeks ago
House committee chair says US must explore all options to improve infrastructure
As the conversation around U.S. infrastructure increasingly turns to the dire need for new and innovative methods, leaders from across the nation gathered Monday at Texas A&M to discuss creating more efficient and cost-effective solutions.
12 weeks ago
Here's how PennDOT is getting ready for a driver-less future
We're in the midst of an explosion of activity related to the development of autonomous vehicle technology. What was once a figment of science fiction, self-driving cars - officially known as highly automated vehicles (HAV's) - are ready to make their mark in a big way, particularly here in Pennsylvania.
12 weeks ago
PA House Passes Bill to Raid Transportation Funds
Around 10pm on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania state House voted to raid various funds throughout the state government—including $100 million from transportation—to plug up the state budget hole.
12 weeks ago
Editorial | A completed Route 219 would give tremendous boost to region
Motorists are anticipating the opening of the new Route 219 south segment almost as much as kids look forward to Christmas.
12 weeks ago
Alloway warns lawmakers: Leave transportation money alone
A group of conservative Republicans in the House have proposed balancing Pennsylvania’s overdue budget by withdrawing money from special government accounts, including nearly half a billion dollars from transportation accounts.
12 weeks ago
Wolf administration hosting Pennsylvania's first-ever summit on automated vehicles
A Carnegie Mellon University expert on self-driving cars is one of the featured speakers at an automated vehicle summit convened by Gov. Tom Wolf.
september 2017
The murky future of driverless vehicles
There is little doubt that autonomous vehicles (AVs) are going to transform our transportation landscape. But predicting the timing of the arrival of self-driving vehicles into the mass market, and the manner and magnitude of their impact on our communities, carries considerable uncertainty.
september 2017
PennDOT, Leslie Richards to hold town hall on women, diversity at Penn State
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards is visiting Penn State Monday to help host a town hall for students and young professionals on the importance of women and diversity in transportation, engineering and public service.
september 2017
House GOP to test budget-balancing plan in growing stalemate
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return to session Monday for the first time in seven weeks as a lengthening budget stalemate is drawing warnings by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf that he is out of options to make payments on time. Hanging in the balance is $2.2 billion in program funding — about 7 percent of approved spending — and another downgrade to Pennsylvania's battered credit rating.
september 2017
Agency heads voice concern over Pa. GOP budget proposal
Agencies are raising alarms over a Pennsylvania GOP-backed House plan to redirect billions of dollars to fill gaps in the state's badly unbalanced budget.
september 2017
2017 Highway Safety Survey
The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete and all responses, including the “comments” fields, are completely anonymous.
september 2017
PennDOT survey available online until Sept. 27
Have you ever wanted to tell the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation just what’s wrong with the roads? Now is the perfect chance.
september 2017
Philadelphia port sees continued growth in imports
The Philadelphia port continues to be on a roll, with more containerized freight, more liquid bulk cargoes, and more cars arriving at Philadelphia’s 15 piers and terminals on the Delaware River.
september 2017
CSX begins operations at Pittsburgh intermodal rail terminal
"Our newest facility in Pittsburgh will connect southwestern Pennsylvania to markets across the country and around the world, while improving supply chain flows and reducing transportation costs."
september 2017
Widening I-81: Urgent need, but political will in doubt
L. Michael Ross is urging Franklin County’s congressional delegation to go to work on a federal infrastructure bill.
september 2017
SEPTA warns state GOP budget proposal could gut public transit
A budget proposal from state Republicans would be catastrophic for public transportation in Philadelphia and surrounding counties, SEPTA officials warned Wednesday.
september 2017
Why House Republicans aren't serious about Pa.'s budget deficit
Taking $30 million from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank will delay needed transportation projects.
september 2017
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