KTFC NEWSLETTERS

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 19

Dear KTFC member or friend: Dear KTFC member or friend: Coalition members were treated to a very informative update at our monthly meeting this week, thanks to PennDOT Deputy Secretaries Jennie Louwerse and Larry Shifflet. The discussion covered a broad range of...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 18

Dear KTFC member or friend: For the second time in two weeks, we have a bit of positive news regarding transportation funding. At the recent annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, participants heard from a Federal...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 17

Dear KTFC member or friend: Our friends in the highway construction business received a bit of welcome news this week by way of an update on this year’s construction season. Thanks to a $279 million infusion in American Rescue Act funds, PennDOT is on target to spend...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 16

Dear KTFC member or friend: Last week, the House Transportation Committee held a hearing on PennDOT’s proposed public-private bridge initiative, which would provide for repair or replacement of as many as nine major bridges across the Commonwealth. To pay for this...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 15

Dear KTFC member or friend: Amtrak received considerable attention from the news media recently as officials joined with Governor Wolf and other political leaders and rolled out proposed improvements to and expansion of passenger-rail service in Pennsylvania. Amtrak's...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 14

Dear KTFC member or friend: As President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure measure remains up in the air in the U.S. House, our Coalition this week launched an outreach effort to Pennsylvania’s members of Congress to encourage them to support the plan. The measure...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 13

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: To the surprise of many, the U.S. Senate approved and sent to the House a bipartisan, trillion-dollar physical infrastructure bill. The vote was 69-30, with 19 Republicans joining 50 Democrats in support of the measure. In recent...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 12

Dear KTFC member or friend: Lately I’ve noticed quite a number of articles on the idea of charging a fee for packages delivered by Amazon, UPS, Door Dash, and even ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. The revenue would be used to fund transportation...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 11

Dear KTFC member or friend: The General Assembly approved and sent to Governor Wolf a $40 billion state budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, beating the constitutional deadline by several days. It included a $279 million infusion for highway construction, thanks in...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 10

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: APC’s Bob Latham has been busy lately, hitting the public affairs talk show circuit in support of his association’s initiative to restore the equivalent of 11 cents per gallon to the state fund that pays for highway and bridge...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 9

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: Folks, as most of you know, I’ve spent a good many years working on transportation issues, and it always warms my heart to engage with other people who are passionate advocates of matters surrounding the mobility of people, materials...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 8

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: As if we needed yet another example of coronavirus havoc, this week we received word that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has pushed the REAL ID deadline to May, 2023. The department cited the pandemic as the reason,...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 7

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: As many of you are aware, the Coalition has been putting together a lawmaker outreach program aimed at bringing newer House and Senate members up to speed on the challenging transportation funding issues that the Commonwealth is...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 6

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: As many of you know, Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that doesn't allow municipal police to use radar for speed enforcement. A unanimous vote following a hearing in the House Transportation Committee may portend the end of...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 5

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: I want to thank the members who participated in this week’s Coalition meeting. Although we had originally expected to discuss PennDOT’s budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, that hearing was pushed back to April...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 4

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: This week we add the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to the list of transportation entities that are facing financial trouble. The commission’s executive team is proposing to raise tolls by 25 percent for E-ZPass drivers...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 3

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: Today I want to let you know of our plans to begin a new funding initiative for the various modes of transportation that constitute our Commonwealth’s transportation system. The impetus for this stems from our very productive Coalition...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 2

Since 2016, a group called the Drive Electric PA Coalition has been gathering periodically to discuss ways to support the use of electric vehicles. The coalition met this week (virtually, of course) and discussed EV fees, electricity pricing and EV-related legislation...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 1

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: The COVID relief bill passed shortly before Christmas contained some much-needed financial assistance for various transportation purposes. PennDOT has confirmed that Pennsylvania will receive $410 million in federal funds, helping to...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 21

Regular readers of this newsletter are well aware of the financial distress that the coronavirus pandemic has heaped upon Pennsylvania’s public transportation agencies. Pennsylvania’s transportation agencies are not alone. This week, nine transit agencies, including...