Biden’s Amtrak bet excites Pa. officials, but much could derail efforts
After President Joe Biden announced his $2 trillion infrastructure plan on Wednesday, it was all aboard the hype train for rail fans across Pennsylvania. The plan, which aims to repair roads, replace every lead pipe, and expand broadband access, also makes an $80 billion investment in Amtrak, a corporation owned by the federal government to […]
DEP announces new funding to expand Pa.’s electric vehicle infrastructure
As of November 2020, there were more than 29,000 electric vehicles registered in Pennsylvania, according to the DEP’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap.
‘It’s a different type of campaign that we’re running here’ | 2020 Women Speak Up
This week we talk to Michelle Siegel, a Democrat running in north-central Pennsylvania’s 27th Senate District. She does not have a spring primary opponent, which means she’ll go on to face incumbent Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia, the Senate GOP whip, who’s held the seat since 2004.
Senate committee gives green light to sheltered bike lanes
Pennsylvania state lawmakers came one step closer Wednesday to authorizing safer bike lanes on state-owned streets across the Commonwealth
Can you pay for infrastructure repairs without raising state taxes? In new plan, House GOP says ‘Yes.’
Without calling for any new taxes, Republicans in the state House have released a plan they say will address billions of dollars in unmet repairs to Pennsylvania’s crumbling highways, bridges, dams and railroads. Rep. Martina White, the Philadelphia Republican who’s running point on the effort, said the GOP plan is to end diversions of state […]
Electric vehicle drivers in Pa. would pay $250/year fee under advancing state House bill
The state House has advanced legislation requiring electric vehicle drivers to pony up for the wear and tear they inflict on Pennsylvania’s roads and highways. The majority-Republican chamber voted 94-90 to approve an amendment hitting drivers of hybrids or fully electric vehicles with a $250 annual fee. Originally, the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Caroll, […]
‘The time for kicking the can down the road is over’: House Republicans plan infrastructure report
The group hopes to take next steps on infrastructure improvements "without putting any additional burdens on taxpayers."
Restore PA requires 20 years of natural gas production. Some progressive legislators aren’t ready to sign on
A handful of state House progressives are standing strong against Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature infrastructure plan, seeing in the $4.5 billion investment spree an over-reliance on the state’s natural gas industry at a time when Pennsylvania should be moving away from fossil fuels. The administration’s proposal, known as Restore PA, “locks us into the extraction […]
Wolf makes closing pitch for infrastructure plan ahead of start of budget season
Gov. Tom Wolf closed out his tour of Pennsylvania’s flood-ravaged boroughs and rusted out mill towns in a place that’s neither flood-ravaged nor rusted out. Standing in the gilded state Capitol, where he was surrounded by local and state officeholders, the Democratic governor made his closing argument for his $4.5 billion in infrastructure plan, Restore […]
It’s time to get our heads together on infrastructure | Opinion
This is about the public’s safety, and both our region’s and our nation’s economy.
Winter weather swings could make potholes worse than usual, PennDOT says
If you thought Pennsylvania’s roads couldn’t get any worse, the state’s top transportation expert has bad news for you. Pennsylvania transportation Secretary Leslie Richards told the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday that her office is expecting a worse-than-usual season for potholes this spring due to extreme temperature fluctuations over the winter. Potholes form when asphalt expands […]