KTFC NEWSLETTERS

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 13

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: To the surprise of many, the U.S. Senate approved and sent to the House a bipartisan, trillion-dollar physical infrastructure bill. The vote was 69-30, with 19 Republicans joining 50 Democrats in support of the measure. In recent...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 12

Dear KTFC member or friend: Lately I’ve noticed quite a number of articles on the idea of charging a fee for packages delivered by Amazon, UPS, Door Dash, and even ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. The revenue would be used to fund transportation...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 11

Dear KTFC member or friend: The General Assembly approved and sent to Governor Wolf a $40 billion state budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, beating the constitutional deadline by several days. It included a $279 million infusion for highway construction, thanks in...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 10

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: APC’s Bob Latham has been busy lately, hitting the public affairs talk show circuit in support of his association’s initiative to restore the equivalent of 11 cents per gallon to the state fund that pays for highway and bridge...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 9

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: Folks, as most of you know, I’ve spent a good many years working on transportation issues, and it always warms my heart to engage with other people who are passionate advocates of matters surrounding the mobility of people, materials...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 8

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: As if we needed yet another example of coronavirus havoc, this week we received word that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has pushed the REAL ID deadline to May, 2023. The department cited the pandemic as the reason,...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 7

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: As many of you are aware, the Coalition has been putting together a lawmaker outreach program aimed at bringing newer House and Senate members up to speed on the challenging transportation funding issues that the Commonwealth is...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 6

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: As many of you know, Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that doesn't allow municipal police to use radar for speed enforcement. A unanimous vote following a hearing in the House Transportation Committee may portend the end of...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 5

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: I want to thank the members who participated in this week’s Coalition meeting. Although we had originally expected to discuss PennDOT’s budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, that hearing was pushed back to April...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 4

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: This week we add the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to the list of transportation entities that are facing financial trouble. The commission’s executive team is proposing to raise tolls by 25 percent for E-ZPass drivers...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 3

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: Today I want to let you know of our plans to begin a new funding initiative for the various modes of transportation that constitute our Commonwealth’s transportation system. The impetus for this stems from our very productive Coalition...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 2

Since 2016, a group called the Drive Electric PA Coalition has been gathering periodically to discuss ways to support the use of electric vehicles. The coalition met this week (virtually, of course) and discussed EV fees, electricity pricing and EV-related legislation...

KTFC Update Vol. 10 Issue 1

Dear KTFC Members & Friends: The COVID relief bill passed shortly before Christmas contained some much-needed financial assistance for various transportation purposes. PennDOT has confirmed that Pennsylvania will receive $410 million in federal funds, helping to...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 21

Regular readers of this newsletter are well aware of the financial distress that the coronavirus pandemic has heaped upon Pennsylvania’s public transportation agencies. Pennsylvania’s transportation agencies are not alone. This week, nine transit agencies, including...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 20

At the moment, it appears that unless PennDOT can work with legislators and the State Treasurer to find a funding solution, it will shut down nearly 400 bridge and highway projects across the Commonwealth. PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian told Senate and House...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 19

Just as we were sitting down to write this newsletter, we received word that the Republican Transportation chair, Sen. Kim Ward, has been elected Senate majority leader, joining newly elected Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman at the top of the chamber’s...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 18

While highway traffic volumes are getting closer to pre-pandemic levels, public transportation usage continues to be down significantly, creating concerns for Amtrak, SEPTA and public transportation agencies across the Commonwealth. Amtrak is asking for $1.7 billion...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 17

Unanimity sometimes seems hard to come by these days, but the Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously approved a measure aimed at improving safety for tow-truck drivers, emergency responders and others whose jobs take them close to moving traffic. The “Move Over” law,...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 16

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...

KTFC Update Vol. 9 Issue 15

In a move that came as no surprise, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike Commission have decided that this year’s Fall Seminar will not take place at its usual venue, the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, but rather “in the comfort of...