This week I had the pleasure of attending the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, aka PHIA. It was one of the MOST informative, concise, and thought-provoking programs I have attended in a long time.

The day began with APC’s Bob Latham laying out the industry’s messaging strategy, based on deep-dive market research, followed by PennDOT Deputy Secretary Kurt Myers with an update on autonomous vehicle technology.

PennDOT Deputy Secretary Jim Ritzman then discussed where things stand with transportation funding and the challenge of addressing the diversion of revenue from the Motor License Fund to support State Police operations. Turnpike COO Craig Shuey outlined the financial challenges facing the toll road, with its increasing debt due to its $450 million annual obligation to support public transportation.

Dave Patti, former CEO of the PA Business Council and now with Sacunas, schooled us on the current political environment and what it portends for transportation interests, and the lunchtime program featured a discussion of current events and politics by John Micek, PennLive/Patriot News editorial editor, and ABC 27 news anchor/reporter Dennis Owens.

For anyone who is interested, several of the presentations can be found HERE.
Transportation Issue Update