KTFC NEWSLETTERS

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...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 11

Recently we encountered a couple of op-ed articles worth reading. One was by PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards explaining the importance of addressing the State Police funding issue. In it, she pointed out something that most of our Coalition members know, but that...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 10

As we turn the page toward the final month of the fiscal year, the Keystone Crossroads news team brings us a roundup story detailing five approaches to funding State Police operations in municipalities that do not have local police forces. The Keystone Crossroads...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 9

Last week we had one of those "just-when-you-think-you've-seen-everything" moments when we learned of South Carolina's enactment of a gasoline tax increase...over the governor's veto! As you'll see in the link below, the state legislature overrode Gov. Henry McMaster...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 8

Unlike most of the rest of the country, Pennsylvania's traffic fatalities have continued to drop, reaching an all-time low of 1,188 in 2016. While this is indeed "good news," it it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the number is still too high, when one considers...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 7

There have been many articles published on the State Police Funding issue, but nothing as thorough and balanced as one published this week on PennLive/the Patriot News. In addition to recapping the issue overall, the article lays out the various solutions that have...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 6

Earlier this month, we were pleased to welcome to the Coalition Susan Carty, president of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. Representing more than 1,800 members in 23 counties, the League promotes energy-efficient and environmentally sound transportation...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 5

As another highway construction season dawns, our friends at PennDOT are receiving positive attention for several developments. First was the announcement that PennDOT will engage local planners earlier in transportation projects, before the scope of the projects are...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 4

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (many of us know it as ARTBA) released a national study recently on structurally deficient bridges. The study highlights the need to address infrastructure needs across the nation, but at the same time, Act...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 3

While the recent history of PA budget surprises is largely negative, we're pleased to share the news that Governor Wolf has proposed reducing the State Police share of the Motor License Fund in the 2017-18 fiscal year. If accepted by the General Assembly - and that is...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 2

This week a robust group of our Coalition members held a "meet-and-greet" event with newly elected legislators as they arrived in Harrisburg for the opening of the new legislative session. Several of the lawmakers said they were impressed by the broad range of...

KTFC Update Vol. 6 Issue 1

We certainly hope that all of our coalition friends had an enjoyable and relaxing break over the holidays. As we look ahead in the New Year, we realize that there are still transportation issues that need to be addressed, so it doesn't appear that our group will be...

KTFC Update Vol. 5 Issue 19

President-elect Trump has nominated former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao as U.S. secretary of transportation. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Earlier, there was considerable speculation that Republican Congressman Lou Barletta would be tapped for...

KTFC Update Vol. 5 Issue 18

I believe we're all glad to finally be putting the General Election behind us, and it is comforting to hear conciliatory comments from both candidates, as well as their surrogates. The political turmoil we've observed in recent years have made for a long healing...