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 projects under Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.
Projects are selected based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. Municipalities, councils of governments, business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, and ports and rail entities are eligible.
The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89 of 2013. In the current fiscal year, 27 projects were awarded more than $30 million in MTF funding in 23 counties. The application period runs through Nov. 6, and the funding will become available next July.
And, we would be remiss if we did not take the opportunity to reiterate that while they have differing characteristics, the various modes of transportation are integrated to constitute a single transportation system that serves the mobility needs of all residents of our Commonwealth.
TRANSPORTATION ISSUE UPDATE
- PennDOT’s announcement opening the application period for multimodal improvements in the next fiscal year can be read here.
- A bill introduced in the state Senate would toughen penalties for drivers who violate a law that requires them to move over for emergency incidents on the road or the side of the road.
- PennDOT and Amtrak announced the expansion of Amtrak’s carry-on bike program for most Keystone Service trains.
- PennDOT’s latest roundabout report shows that these traffic-calming projects continue to make intersections safer, with fewer accidents and injuries and – most important – NO fatalities.
- Thanks to a $500,000 grant and resolution of a state-funding glitch, the $6.4 million rehabilitation of Johnstown Inclined Plane is back on track.
- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents through Sept. 30.