KTFC NEWSLETTERS

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...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 20

At the moment, it appears that unless PennDOT can work with legislators and the State Treasurer to find a funding solution, it will shut down nearly 400 bridge and highway projects across the Commonwealth. PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian told Senate and House...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 19

Just as we were sitting down to write this newsletter, we received word that the Republican Transportation chair, Sen. Kim Ward, has been elected Senate majority leader, joining newly elected Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman at the top of the chamber’s...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 18

While highway traffic volumes are getting closer to pre-pandemic levels, public transportation usage continues to be down significantly, creating concerns for Amtrak, SEPTA and public transportation agencies across the Commonwealth. Amtrak is asking for $1.7 billion...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 17

Unanimity sometimes seems hard to come by these days, but the Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously approved a measure aimed at improving safety for tow-truck drivers, emergency responders and others whose jobs take them close to moving traffic. The “Move Over” law,...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 16

Frequent readers of this newsletter know that we like to highlight the multimodal nature of our transportation system, which is reflected in the membership of this Coalition. So, this week we pass along the news that PennDOT is accepting applications for 2021-22...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 15

In a move that came as no surprise, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike Commission have decided that this year’s Fall Seminar will not take place at its usual venue, the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, but rather “in the comfort of...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 14

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: Last month, Governor Wolf announced that 27 highway, bridge, public transportation, and bike and pedestrian projects across the Commonwealth were selected for $30.2 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. This...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 13

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: Every now and then, we like to step back and remind everyone that Pennsylvania’s transportation network is not a series of individual “systems,” but rather a single, integrated, multimodal entity. In one way or another, each element...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 12

As we emerge from a holiday weekend, a couple of updates on issues we’ve covered regularly in recent months… Because Pennsylvanians have been driving less – and therefore generating less fuel tax revenue to be used for bridge and highway projects – PennDOT is...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 11

The cycle of optimism and disappointment related to the development of a federal transportation funding measure finds us in the down cycle this week as we look at three competing approaches from the U.S. House, Senate and Trump administration.It seems we...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 10

The financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic reared its head this week as the PA Turnpike Commission announced it would lay off about 500 toll workers, accelerating the switch to cash-free tolling. The commission had planned to implement the cash-free...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 9

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:The financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic reared its head this week as the PA Turnpike Commission announced it would lay off about 500 toll workers, accelerating the switch to cash-free tolling.The commission had planned to...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 8

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:Amid a flurry of recent news articles regarding the resumption of suspended highway construction projects across the Commonwealth, shoes have begun to drop on the issue of how such projects will be funded.With traffic volume and toll...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 7

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:Governor Wolf this week gave the green light to resume construction projects statewide that were put on hold last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a televised address Wednesday night, he said all suspended projects...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 6

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:Last month we noted that APC had been working with PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission and industry partners in hopes of restarting a number of critical, life-sustaining construction projects that had been shut down as part of the attempt...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 5

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:Our friends at Associated Pennsylvania Constructors have been working feverishly with PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission, and industry partners to prepare for a restart of the Commonwealth’s highway construction program. Nearly all...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 4

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:Last week, the Coalition had the opportunity to host PA Sen. Joe Pittman (R-Indiana), the prime sponsor of a bill that would accelerate the rollback of the revenue that is being diverted from the Motor License Fund. The revenue in the...