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.
22 minutes 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.
6 days 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.
6 days 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.
6 days 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?
7 days 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.
7 days 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.
7 days 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.
14 days 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.
14 days 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. 
18 days 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.
18 days 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.
20 days 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.
20 days 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.
21 days 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.
26 days 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.
26 days 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.
27 days 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.
27 days 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.
27 days 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.
28 days 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.
28 days 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.
28 days 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.
5 weeks ago
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.
5 weeks ago
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.
5 weeks ago
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.
5 weeks ago
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.
5 weeks ago
2017 Highway Safety Survey
The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete and all responses, including the “comments” fields, are completely anonymous.
5 weeks ago
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.
5 weeks ago
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.
5 weeks ago
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."
5 weeks ago
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.
5 weeks ago
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.
5 weeks ago
Why House Republicans aren't serious about Pa.'s budget deficit
Taking $30 million from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank will delay needed transportation projects.
5 weeks ago
PA House Transportation chairman to retire
With the 2018 primary election more than eight months away, Taylor said he had decided against seeking reelection, even though he is confident he could win again in a district where Republicans have been in the minority for his entire career.
5 weeks ago
Automatic cameras to catch speeders in Pennsylvania under this proposal
Four out of five work zone fatalities are drivers or their passengers. And, in 2016, there were 2,075 work zone crashes in Pennsylvania.
5 weeks ago
Buses, yes buses, are 'the hottest trend in transit'
Technology, declining ridership and changing demographics have spurred cities across the country to redesign bus systems that are more convenient. It's no easy task.
6 weeks ago
Trump wants states and cities to pay more for infrastructure
The White House envisions that a long-promised infrastructure package would streamline the federal approval process for major projects and also require states and localities to shoulder more of the financial burden for building them.
6 weeks ago
Pennsylvania dips into highway money to pay for schools, troopers
Gov. Tom Wolf has siphoned fuel taxes to pay for public schools and state troopers in the latest twist in a months-long budget fight with one wing of the Legislature.
6 weeks ago
Wolf presses GOP-controlled House to raise taxes
Wolf announced he authorized what he called “a very short-term” loan this week from the state’s Motor License Fund but expects that a lack of action will affect state programs and cause outside agencies to downgrade Pennsylvania’s credit rating, increasing borrowing costs.
6 weeks ago
Trump infrastructure package could be stretched too thin | TheHill
Transportation advocates are growing worried that President Trump's infrastructure package may end up getting spread too thin.

The White House has promised a broad-ranging plan that covers areas beyond traditional infrastructure items like roads and bridges, pulling in broadband, energy and veterans hospital goals. Even some universities are pushing to have research labs included in the rebuilding effort.
6 weeks ago
Editorial: Bypass improvements should be worth the wait
It's quite understandable that Berks County motorists are eager to see improvements to the stretch of Route 422 known as the West Shore Bypass.
7 weeks ago
Bike fatalities increase 12 percent as Pittsburgh, PennDOT work to improve safety
The numbers are stark and concerning: Deaths from bicycle accidents increased 12.2 percent nationwide in 2015, the highest percentage increase in any traffic category that year and the biggest yearly increase in bike deaths in two decades.
7 weeks ago
RabbitTransit seeks ride-sharing expansion options in York, surrounding counties
Rabbit Transit officials want to connect aging individuals to modern-day technology through ride-sharing apps like Uber if it's financially prudent. A six-month pilot program conducted in York County is guiding officials to understand how best to use all available resources right at their fingertips. 
8 weeks ago
Work zone crashes, deaths on the rise
Carl Antonelli knows just how dangerous road work can be. Four years ago, the PennDOT employee was struck by a car while working as a construction flagger during a roadway chipping project in Findlay, Allegheny County.
8 weeks ago
Smart to start study for user fee
The I-95 Coalition is overseeing a federally funded study featuring a 50-motorist pilot program that will monitor driving habits for three months to see how a user-fee concept — meaning tolls — may work to offset potential losses.
8 weeks ago
Transportation innovation’s crucial ingredient
For the revolution to succeed, smart regulators and thoughtful entrepreneurs will need to work together.
8 weeks ago
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.
8 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
9 weeks 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.
10 weeks 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.
10 weeks 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.
10 weeks 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.
11 weeks 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.
11 weeks 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.
11 weeks 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.
11 weeks 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.
11 weeks 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.
11 weeks 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.
11 weeks 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.
12 weeks 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.
12 weeks 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.
12 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.
12 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.
12 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.
12 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.
july 2017
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.
july 2017
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