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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...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 3

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: First, the good news: Because of Act 89 of 2013, Pennsylvania has made significant headway in reducing the number of faulty bridges and repaving a significant portion of roads in the Commonwealth. That’s at least part of the reason...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 2

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:PennDOT is in the midst of soliciting the public’s input on proposed updates to its Statewide Public Participation Plan. PennDOT’s planning process revolves around the Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, the Twelve...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 1

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star had an interesting item about electric cars recently, based on nonpartisan research analysis from the Pew Research Center. The article began with three factoids: that there are nearly 1.2 million electric...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 18

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:Folks, you may recall seeing periodic news articles in recent months about the idea of building a hyperloop across Pennsylvania. With emerging technology, a hyperloop could whisk cargo between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as fast as 700...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 17

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: The PA Turnpike Commission has announced it will move forward with a completely cashless tolling system by the fall of 2021. The move will eliminate the jobs of about 600 toll collectors and auditors. Commission officials said those...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 16

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: PennDOT was prompted to close a six-mile stretch of eastbound I-84 this week when a hole was discovered in the decking of the bridge spanning Shiny Mountain Road in Pike County, near Promised Land State Park.   A detour was set up...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 15

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: This week, the Coalition received a visit from U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, who opened the discussion by noting his strong support for transportation as a driver of job creation and economic development. He said he was hopeful that...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 14

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: We all know that change can be uncomfortable, and the more drastic the change, the more discomfort. So, it was no surprise that many members of the public were skeptical and resistant when PennDOT began turning toward roundabouts a few...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 13

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: Just a few odds and ends to bring everyone up to date as the summer winds down…   As most of you probably know, a federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed the lawsuit filed by independent truckers against...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 12

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: This week I am happy to report – finally – that Pennsylvania no longer has the highest state fuel taxes in the country. California’s July 1 gas-tax increase took care of that. We knew it was just a matter of time, as other states...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 11

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: PennDOT confirmed this week that metropolitan and rural planning organizations across the state will have their transportation funding cut by $289 million over the next four years, a result of declining tax revenue, the lack of federal...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 10

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: Reports from northeast Pennsylvania indicate that the Turnpike’s “toll-by-plate” experiment is a success as the toll road moves closer to phasing out human toll collectors by October 2022. The Turnpike has five interchanges where...

KTFC Update Vol. 8 Issue 9

Dear KTFC Members & Friends:The Southwest Partnership for Mobility has released its report outlining the region’s transportation needs as the expiration of a $400 million annual subsidy from the Turnpike for public transportation draws nearer. The...