KTFC NEWSLETTERS

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...

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...