Pennsylvania, other states worry about life after gas tax
As more people plug in their cars, transportation planners are starting to wonder how Pennsylvania and other states will plug budget holes if gas tax revenue begins to decline. That's the issue at the heart of a federally-funded study underway by a group called the I-95 Coalition, a transportation policy organization covering the states crossed by the interstate.
3 days ago
Pittsburgh, PennDOT planning $30 million smart-signal system to improve traffic flow
Pittsburgh and the state Department of Transportation are out to eliminate a problem most motorists know all too well: sitting at a traffic light on a major thoroughfare for two minutes with no traffic passing through from the cross street.
5 days ago
Construction drone ahead: How tech is helping speed up summer roadwork around Pittsburgh
For everyone who hates orange barrels and construction traffic, a Pittsburgh company is using drones to speed up roadwork times and help crews.
5 days ago
‘Get that darn thing completed’: Officials hope study boosts Route 219 project’s profile
A study by the Appalachian Regional Commission illustrates the economic boost a modern highway network gives the Appalachian region, its authors say – and some local officials hope it’ll convince state and federal officials to scrape together the money needed to finish improving a major north-south corridor in Somerset County.
5 days ago
Speed cameras on fast track in Harrisburg
The state Senate in July passed legislation that would allow PennDOT to install speed cameras in construction work zones. State Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia, chairman of the House transportation committee, said his committee will examine that bill when the House returns to session in the fall.
5 days ago
Rapid Bridge Replacement Project nears halfway mark in Allegheny County
The $1.1 billion Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a public-private partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, is intended to replace 558 structurally deficient bridges over three years.
5 days ago
Highway user-fee pilot program coming to Pennsylvania, Delaware
A very limited test of a mileage-based fee will take place in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The I-95 Corridor Coalition, a multi-state partnership of transportation agencies and other related organizations, has been awarded $1.16 million federal grant to begin the program.
10 days ago
Leaders discuss importance of regional transportation
Fifty-five percent of Indiana County residents who are employed commute to jobs beyond the county line. That piece of information from a discussion Thursday on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus underscores the importance of the concept of a regional transportation system and of connecting one county to another.
12 days ago
Legislature should create single agency for transportation
For the 10th time in 10 years, the state Turnpike Commission voted recently to raise tolls. This time it’s an average 6 percent increase.
17 days ago
These are the 3 things the US needs to do to stay competitive on infrastructure: Opinion
How does infrastructure in the U.S. compare to that of the rest of the world? It depends on who you ask.
18 days ago
Infrastructure lessons from one of the nation’s first P3s
The PA turnpike was one of the country’s first great public-private infrastructure projects, built by private contractors, financed with revenue bonds and repaid through drivers’ tolls.
We’re going to have to do something as innovative as that if we’re going to deal with the infrastructure problems we’re facing right now.
19 days ago
Ride-sharing’s uneven effect on Pennsylvania transit agencies
Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft began operating in Pennsylvania cities in 2014, but have had divergent effects on public transit agencies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The number of people who ride buses, trains and inclines in Pittsburgh has remained fairly steady, though fewer riders seem to be taking the last buses of the night, said Adam Brandolph, spokesperson for the Port Authority of Allegheny County.
19 days ago
Pa. speed camera bill gets boost from federal study
A proposal to bring speed cameras to Roosevelt Boulevard got a boost this week from a federal report encouraging states to approve the devices to make roads safer.

The report, issued Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, “is decisive evidence that automatic speed enforcement is a critical tool we should apply towards preventing deaths and serious injuries,” Mayor Kenney said in a statement.
19 days ago
Cashless turnpike tolls coming to region
Drivers who travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike through Lackawanna County and northern Luzerne County should have a quicker ride starting next spring. The turnpike commission plans to unveil cashless tolling at the toll plazas just south of the Keyser Avenue interchange in Taylor and just south of the Clarks Summit interchange in South Abington Twp.
19 days ago
Kettering University joins Smart Belt Coalition
Kettering University has joined an esteemed multi-state consortium of universities, government agencies and advocacy groups to form the Smart Belt Coalition (SBC). The SBC is a collaboration that aims to help shape and inform the ongoing development of connected and automated vehicles.
23 days ago
Uber, Lyft cut into parking revenue that keeps airports running
Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft already have struck a financial blow to their competitors in the taxi industry. Now many officials fear they may take a big bite out of airport parking revenue.
25 days ago
Elon Musk claims 'verbal government approval' for hyperloop from D.C. to N.Y.C.
Elon Musk said he has received "verbal government approval" -- but not a formal go-ahead -- for his newest, tunnel-digging venture to build an underground, high-speed transportation system connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
25 days ago
Unfair? Many states charge out-of-state E-ZPass users more for tolls
There's an E-ZPass "border war" going on, reports the Albany Times-Union. Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine all charge higher tolls on E-ZPass users registered out-of-state than in-state, the newspaper says.
26 days ago
PennDOT Planning A Four-Year, Major Overhaul Of I-81 In Susquehanna County
PennDOT is gearing up for a major highway reconstruction project that will impact a nine mile stretch of Interstate 81.
29 days ago
Train stations in midstate could start to look different in coming years
A number of train stations in the midstate could start to look a little different in the coming years. PennDOT is looking to partner with private developers, and stations in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Mount Joy and Elizabethtown are on the list.
4 weeks ago
Pa. Turnpike will hike tolls for each of the next 27 years, driving away users, analyst says
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s ninth straight annual toll increase, approved by its board Tuesday, helps pay for turnpike operations, plus the highway’s $500 million annual capital budget and $450 million for mass transit systems, including SEPTA.
4 weeks ago
Barletta grieves PennDOT worker’s death
A Hazleton man’s death along Interstate 81 was mentioned by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Tuesday as he highlighted the need for stronger safety measures in highway work zones.
4 weeks ago
House panel approves transportation spending measure
The House Appropriations Committee July 17 approved, 31-20, legislation that would boost federal highway investment by $968 million in FY 2018 and cut a program that supports transit construction projects by $650 million.
4 weeks ago
Turnpike Commission elects PennDOT chief to top post | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards was elected chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Tuesday.
4 weeks ago
Appeals court upholds Norco bridge contract
An appeals court has rejected a challenge to a multimillion-dollar contract to repair Northampton County’s aging bridges, upholding a project that county officials call the first of its kind.
4 weeks ago
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