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.
Putting off short-term disaster, Pa. lawmakers must once again face transportation funding woes this winter
Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration warned legislative leaders in November that funding was set to run out for the projects on Dec. 1 due to lower than expected gas tax revenues.
PennDOT to offer non-binary designation on licenses, ID cards
Pennsylvania is the 16th state to offer a non-binary option.
Allowing Bigger Truck Loopholes Dangerous for Commonwealth Motorists | Opinion
The primary cause for concern is the increased risk to motorists on our roads, but we are also concerned about the additional damage to our roads and bridges, which could compound safety problems as well. To be clear, this doesn’t mean only Interstate Highways and Turnpikes would be affected. These bigger trucks would impact our state highways and even a multitude of local roads that carry truck traffic into our smaller boroughs and townships.
Rush hour fees, supplemental appropriations and more | Five for the Weekend
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