High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

Home to the Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton is better known for its antique locomotives, a memento of the age of steam, than for sleek, electrified high-speed rail.

But Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) knows that despite years of chatter, the Lackawanna Valley is no closer to a proposed rail connection to New York City to update that image. So, he is looking to the future.

Last month, Kaufer floated a co-sponsorship memo to ask the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of a hyperloop to connect Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, with a branch route up to Wilkes-Barre and the Electric City as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Senate hearing on Act 89 progress highlights changing nature of transportation

Senate hearing on Act 89 progress highlights changing nature of transportation

Bike lanes, automated vehicles, smart signals.

Those are just a few integral components of a modern, forward-looking transportation network that didn’t exist when many of the people now managing the state’s highways and byways first started out.

Transportation experts, state officials and industry representatives last week relayed to state lawmakers at a public hearing in Allegheny County just how much has changed since Act 89 allocated $2.4 billion to PennDOT’s coffers for infrastructure repairs in 2013.

Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
Crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge, who helps the gephyrophobes?

Crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge, who helps the gephyrophobes?

Approaching the towering Delaware Memorial Bridge while on a summer road trip might be frustrating for some because of the toll. For others, it might be traffic.

But for sufferers of gephyrophobia, or the fear of crossing a bridge, that frustration turns to terror.

And while there’s no way out of the $4 fee or snarled gridlock, the Delaware River and Bay Authority police offer a service to help out jelly-legging travelers.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to allow city to regulate new modes of transportation

Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to allow city to regulate new modes of transportation

Pittsburgh City Council Monday passed an ordinance that would amend City Code and give the Director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure the authority to regulate mobility and transportation that takes place on public ways.

Monday, July 2, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philly City Council mulls how to slow down city traffic

Philly City Council mulls how to slow down city traffic

Members of Philadelphia City Council discussed traffic calming practices for the second time within a month Tuesday to determine whether or not the city will implement additional policies to decrease traffic deaths. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
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