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.
4 hours 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.
10 hours 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.
yesterday
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.
6 days 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.
6 days 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.
7 days 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.
7 days 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.
7 days 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.
7 days 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 days 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. 
11 days 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.
11 days 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.
13 days 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.
13 days 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.
14 days 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.
14 days 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.
17 days 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.
17 days 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.
18 days 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.
18 days 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.
18 days 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.
18 days 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.
18 days ago
PennDOT names new district executive in Erie region
James Foringer replaces Bill Petit, who retired earlier this year.
18 days 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.
18 days 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.
20 days 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.
20 days 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.
25 days 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.
25 days 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.
25 days 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.
25 days 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.
25 days ago
America’s boulevards of death
Across the country, the number of people who died while walking increased by nearly 50 percent from 2009 to 2016, from just over 4,000 to almost 6,000, at a time when traffic fatalities declined in many of our peer countries, including Britain and Canada.
28 days ago
Trillium opens its third public CNG location in Lawrence County
Trillium, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and New Castle Transit Authority celebrated the opening of the commonwealth’s newest compressed natural gas fueling station in New Castle.
28 days ago
Transit leaders: Lack of funding leads to negative economic consequences
A new report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) warns that decades of under-investment has had a negative effect on the economy, resulting in lost jobs and declining business revenue.
4 weeks ago
Bikes vs. cars vs. pedestrians: How Philly can win the transportation culture war
What can be done to prevent tragedies like the loss of Pablo Avendano and the nearly hundred other individuals who die on Philadelphia’s streets and sidewalks each year? 
4 weeks ago
Congress needs to pass a bill to fix transportation and infrastructure: Ray LaHood
Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell discuss what the government needs to do to rebuild and modernize infrastructure in the United States.
4 weeks ago
Failure to restore and modernize U.S. public transit results in a loss of $340 billion
Decades of under investment in America’s aging bus and rail public transit infrastructure has a negative effect on business revenue, and results in lost jobs and wages, according to a new study from the American Public Transportation Association.
4 weeks ago
PA Turnpike cracks down on $17 million in unpaid tolls
The Turnpike Commission has launched the first 19 criminal prosecutions against drivers across the state who have failed to pay.
4 weeks ago
CSVT North more than half completed
Slated for completion in 2022, the North Section of the CSVT (Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation) Project is roughly 66 percent completed, PennDOT officials noted during a recent visit with staff at The Standard-Journal.
5 weeks ago
Volkswagen settlement money to go toward cleaner vehicles, engines
Pennsylvania will use the $118 million it received in a settlement with Volkswagen to fund grants and rebates for cleaner vehicles and engines.
5 weeks ago
Where will money for Luzerne County’s $5 vehicle registration fee go?
Luzerne County officials insist an extra $5 fee could go a long way. They want to use the newly approved $5 vehicle registration fee to fix roads and bridges. The final details have not been worked out just yet, but right now, county leaders are focusing on three bridges that really need repairs.
5 weeks ago
Improvement projects bolster public transit, communities
Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the commonwealth.
5 weeks ago
County council approves $5 vehicle registration fee
County council approved a $5 registration fee surcharge on Tuesday on vehicles registered to county addresses, to raise funds to repair county-owned roads and bridges.
5 weeks ago
Learning curve does not squelch Bath's faith in state police coverage
State Police trooper will protect the borough starting July 1. The borough, which is home to about 2,700 people, opted out of their agreement with the Colonial Regional Police Department last year as they are unable to afford membership.
6 weeks ago
Our view: Luzerne County should OK $5 fee, but not as long-term fix
We feel that lawmakers should move ahead with the $5 plan, but only for one year, while the state match is available. They should include a very clear sunset provision so that this $5 fee doesn’t linger on into perpetuity, long after most people have forgotten about it.
6 weeks ago
As transit agencies inch toward electric buses, environmental groups want more progress
Environmental advocates in Pennsylvania want to see a faster switch to electric buses to help eliminate emissions that can worsen asthma and cause other health problems.
6 weeks ago
House considered speed camera bill in Pennsylvania
In 2013, Latanya Byrd's 27-year-old niece Samara and her three children were hit and killed while crossing the street in Philadelphia. This is why Byrd joined others at the State Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 172. 
6 weeks ago
Today is the last day SEPTA will sell tokens to most riders
Philadelphia is the last big American city that still uses tokens on transit, but Monday marks the last day SEPTA will sell the coins to most riders (with a few exceptions).
7 weeks ago
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.
7 weeks ago
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.
7 weeks ago
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?
8 weeks 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.
8 weeks 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.
8 weeks 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.
8 weeks 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.
8 weeks 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.
8 weeks 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. 
8 weeks 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.
8 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
10 weeks ago
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