State officials celebrate launch of new ‘hellbender’ license plate
The species became Pennsylvania’s state amphibian in 2019 to help promote the need to restore water quality and preserve its habitat.
PennDOT, Norfolk Southern reach agreement on expanded Amtrak service to Pittsburgh
The state of Pennsylvania and Norfolk Southern Corp. have inked a deal that will allow Amtrak to operate a second round-trip between New York City and Pittsburgh via Harrisburg each day. Under the agreement between PennDOT and the nation’s fourth-largest freight railroad, the commonwealth will invest more than $200 million in railway and safety improvements […]
Pennsylvania adds automatic voter registration
Pennsylvania will now automatically register eligible residents to vote when they renew their driver’s licenses or ID cards at PennDOT driver and photo license centers, Gov. Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday. “When running for governor, I made a commitment to bring automatic voter registration to Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said in a statement, noting it was National Voter […]
Traffic camera programs in Pa. are reducing fatalities and speeding, officials say
Pennsylvania transportation officials told lawmakers that pilot programs for the automatic enforcement of traffic laws have led to improvements in traffic safety over the last three years. In a Senate Transportation Committee hearing on Monday, Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Mike Carroll said the programs, which allow the use of cameras in work zones and on school […]
Resolution for conservation corridors study to be reintroduced in House
It would assist state agencies, such as the Game Commission and Department of Transportation in their efforts to manage wildlife habitat, limit forest fragmentation, and plan connectivity and crossings, “as well as maintain and enhance Pennsylvania as one of the nation’s top destinations for outdoor recreation tourism,” the Jan. 30 memo reads.
Commonwealth Court finds PennDOT’s public-private partnership board bridge tolling plan invalid
A panel of Commonwealth Court judges said PennDOT's P3 board didn't follow the process laid out for initiating transportation projects, declaring a plan to toll interstate highway bridges invalid.
Pa.’s litter problem | The Numbers Racket
Of the total estimated litter on roadways, the study found that 186.2 million (37.1 percent) pieces were cigarette butts. Another 152.9 million (30.4 percent) pieces of litter were plastic, most prevalently plastic film and plastic beverage containers, according to the study.
W.Pa. municipalities sue state to block PennDOT bridge tolling plan
Three municipalities in Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs are suing PennDOT over a $2B plan to pay for the replacement of nine bridges with future toll revenue.
Pa.’s Highways, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket
According to the 2020 Highway Statistics report, released this year by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials, the Keystone state has many miles of highway for road warriors and joyriders to traverse.
Wolf administration responds to nationwide bus driver shortage, allows ‘limited’ reimbursements for families
Wolf administration expands licensing opportunities to help schools struggling amid a nationwide bus driver shortage
‘This is not a small number’: Senate committee tackles $104M deficit in Pa. Turnpike tolls
The Pennsylvania Turnpike reported a nearly $105 million deficit in toll revenue "leakage."
With Pa.’s first major winter storm on the horizon, state officials say vaccine distribution will continue
Calling the storm “significant,” Gov. Tom Wolf said state agencies are prepared to handle the storm amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and opioid epidemic. Forecasts show a foot of snow falling in some parts of the state.