KTFC NEWSLETTERS

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 8

The Patriot News/PennLive had an interesting article this week featuring the largest road construction projects in each of PennDOT's 11 districts. The article reinforced the idea that residents in every part of the Commonwealth are benefiting from Act 89 of 2013....

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 7

WBAL-TV in Baltimore aired a news story this week that provides a nice overview of the challenges regarding the planned improvements to I-95 through the Mid-Atlantic region and up through New England. The 1,917-mile route is among the busiest on the country. The...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 6

Our friends in public transportation, PennDOT and at the Turnpike Commission received some welcome news last week. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by independent trucker and motorist associations challenging the constitutionality of the arrangement in which...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 5

As regular readers know, we often take the opportunity to assert that we have a single, integrated, multimodal transportation system in Pennsylvania, as opposed to separate transportation systems for this mode and that mode. This issue's news links help us again make...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 2

One of the recurring themes of this newsletter is that all the various modes of mobility constitute a single, integrated transportation system serving all residents in all corners of the Commonwealth. Driving, public transportation, passenger and freight rail, air and...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 1

This week, the Coalition took its regularly scheduled meeting "on the road," holding it in the East Wing of the Capitol. All four chairs of the House and Senate transportation committees were kind enough to meet with us, and the turnout of our own members -- about 50...

KTFC Update Vol. 7 Issue 8

This week our Coalition was honored to meet with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, who made an excellent presentation about PennDOT's impending financial challenges. The large conference room at PennDOT headquarters was pretty well packed, and there were many others...

KTFC Update Vol. 7 Issue 7

As we mentioned several weeks ago, the Coalition set out to hold a series of candidate briefings this fall. It was aimed at all candidates - especially first-timers, but we have also invited incumbents - to bring them up to speed on current and imminent transportation...

KTFC Update Vol. 7 Issue 6

The Coalition's first candidate briefing was held this week. Despite the nasty rain storm Monday morning, 15 candidates for the Pennsylvania General Assembly met with Coalition members, and we could not have been more pleased with the turnout. The meeting was hosted...

KTFC Update Vol. 7 Issue 3

A recent study regarding electric vehicles appears to mitigate concerns that electric vehicles could threaten the reliability of our electrical grid. The study's author, Matteo Muratori, of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, projected that even a ten-fold...

KTFC Update Vol. 7 Issue 2

On Monday, several members of our Coalition, along with other transportation advocates, met with Congressman Scott Perry (R-York). Congressman Perry is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. At nearly the same time, the Trump...

KTFC Update Vol. 7 Issue 1

An increasing number of states - including Pennsylvania - are beginning to explore the idea of replacing consumption-based fuel taxes with a Vehicle-Miles-Traveled user fee. This comes as improving fuel efficiency and alternate-fuel vehicles cut into the revenue...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 19

Our holiday treat for you is a short and sweet KTFC newsletter, along with best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. Transportation Issue Update Think the Philly region is a commuter's nightmare? It's not Pennsylvania's worst - that distinction goes to East...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 18

First there were roundabouts, promoted to improve safety and move traffic more efficiently. Now come "diverging diamond" interchanges, the first of which opened just before Thanksgiving on I-70 in Washington County. As with roundabouts, they are difficult to imagine...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 17

The Commonwealth Financing Authority last week approved funding for 112 transportation projects in 36 counties. The awards totaled $59 million, and the money came from the Pennsylvania Multimodal Transportation Fund, which was created in Act 89 of 2013. Unlike the...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 16

The long and contentious process of finishing a state budget has finally ended as lawmakers and Governor Wolf agreed to a revenue package to support the spending plan that the General Assembly approved four months ago. The compromise included significant expansion of...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 15

We got some positive news this week as Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County, decided to remain with the Colonial Regional Police Department instead of withdrawing in favor of "free" state police coverage. The Borough of Bath said earlier this year that it plans...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 14

Recently we came across an interesting article in the York Daily Record about automated speed enforcement in highway work zones. It made two very important points. First, many people may be surprised to learn that travelers - not construction workers - are the biggest...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 13

Last week we learned that Pennsylvania will see its first Vehicle Miles Traveled pilot program next year. With Delaware as the other pilot partner, it is designed to show how charging user fees based on mileage would work across state borders. The I-95 Corridor...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 12

Our news link gathering activities had been limping along recently and finally came to a screeching halt a couple of weeks ago, temporarily derailing our ability to produce this newsletter. I'm pleased to report that we have found a new bookmarking platform that puts...