Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Pennsylvania Explores Tolling Alternatives to Fund Bridge Fixes

Harrisburg, Pa., bridge The I-83 John Harris Memorial (South) Bridge currently carries more than 125,000 vehicles over the Susquehanna River every day. It was built in 1960. (PennDOT)

With the proposal to toll nine major interstate bridges to pay for their replacement or rehabilitation now dead, a panel of Pennsylvania state senators set out to explore what happens next to address these costly but necessary transportation projects.

Jan Murphy |
August 25, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

PennDOT’s Bridge Tolling Plan Dealt Crushing Legal Blows

Pennsylvania PMTA actively fought the tolls, which would affect many local motorists. (AndreyKrav/Getty Images)

Pennsylvania’s governor, General Assembly legislators and a judge dealt legal blows to permanently stop the state Department of Transportation’s effort to toll nine bridges to create revenue for repairs.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
July 11, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Pennsylvania Court Temporarily Halts Bridge Tolling Plan

I-83 Bridge Pennsylvania I-83 Bridge Project by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

In a sweeping censure, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge granted a request from eight municipalities and issued an injunction preventing state transportation officials from proceeding with plans to impose bridge tolls.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 24, 2022

Pennsylvania Truckers Oppose Tolls on Nine Interstate Bridges

Pennsylvania From left: Oyler, former Interim President Joe Butzer and Chairman Mark Giuffre testify at a past hearing. (PMTA)

The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is raising alarm about the possible costs to motor carriers of a tolling proposal from the state’s Department of Transportation to pay for upgrades to as many as nine highway bridges.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 3, 2022
Government, Business

Pennsylvania Legislator Introduces Bathroom Access Bill for Drivers

Public restroom gerenme via Getty Images

Inspired by Washington state’s successful legislation this year giving truckers greater access to bathroom facilities, a Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a bill in that state’s General Assembly to do the same.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2022
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Pennsylvania Unveils Bill to Allow Driverless Testing

Pennsylvania Unveils Bill to Allow Driverless Testing Trucks move through the toll on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (George Sheldon/Getty)

Forty years ago, Pennsylvania became a leader in self-driving vehicles when it deployed one to help clean up the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Harrisburg.

Ed Blazina | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 6, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Plan Would Save Truckers 33% in Pennsylvania Taxes

 Trucks loaded with topsoil Trucks loaded with topsoil maneuver near a housing construction site in Zelienople, Pa. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

It’s only an idea for now, but Pennsylvania’s proposed switch from a fuel tax to a miles-driven fee to help generate more money for transportation could be a boon for the trucking industry.

Ed Blazina | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 16, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Pennsylvania Truckers Object to Proposed Doubling of Registration Fee

Yassmin Gramian PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian by Joe Hermitt/

Pennsylvania’s transportation funding panel has proposed gas-tax alternative options that include a doubling of vehicle registration fees, which a state trucking leader said would lead to interstate trucking companies registering their trucks in other states.

Jan Murphy |
July 29, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

PennDOT Airport Funding Aims to Improve Economic, Operational Activity

Wolf Wolf speaks at a past press conference. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

In an effort to expand economic and operational capacity, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has invested $10 million in airports.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Pennsylvania Panel Explores Alternatives to Bridge Tolls, Gas Taxes

I-95's mile-long double-decked Girard Point Bridge in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press) I-95's mile-long double-decked Girard Point Bridge in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

It’s not clear yet if Pennsylvania drivers will pay $1 or $2 to cross major bridges, but Pennsylvania needs billions of dollars from somewhere for transportation, state Rep. Mike Carroll said.

Kent Jackson | Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, Pa.)
April 30, 2021