PMTA News

  • February 19, 2019 10:35 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Lehigh Chapter Spring Meeting

    When: March 19, 2019 beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    Where: The Mack Customer Center in Allentown

    2402 Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, PA 18103

    Who: All members and nonmembers are welcome

    What: Presentations from Ken Morder, PMTA Safety Director and Shane Philipps, Compliance and Enforcement Specialist, Dept. of Agriculture.

    Morder will present an update on new regulations in 2019, news from Capitol Hill, new ELD mandates due this year, HOS, and will hold a Q&A session.

    Philipps will address the Spotted Lanternfly situation in Pennsylvania and the new permit system that will take effect May 1, 2019.

    Breakfast will be available at 7:30 a.m.

    There is no cost for the event, but we ask that you please register by clicking here.


  • February 19, 2019 9:29 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is hosting its annual sporting clay shoot on Sunday, April 7 at the Carlisle Fish and Game Association.

    Registration forms are available here.

    The initial cost for the clay shooting competition is $75 per person with the option for a $40 reshoot. In the morning, there will be the opportunity for skeet and wobble shooting for an additional cost of $20 each.

    The event will begin at 10 a.m. with registration and will open at 11 for trap field and wobble. Lunch, which is included in the registration fee, will begin at 11:45. After a safety meeting at 12:45 p.m., the clay shoot competition will begin with the reshoot at 2:30.

    Teams will consist of six shooters but if an individual does not have a full team, they will be placed on one.

    Eye and ear protection are required and ammunition will not be provided.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event as well and start as low as $100 for a station sponsorship. PMTA is also looking for lunch and award sponsors.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit the PMTA Government Relations Fund which helps defray the lobbying and lobbying related expenses the association incurs. Payment from incorporated and unincorporated businesses as well as personal checks will be accepted.


  • February 13, 2019 1:00 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – According to the American Transportation Research Institute there are more than 304,000 trucking industry jobs in Pennsylvania, representing one out of every 17 jobs in the commonwealth.

    The average annual salary in those jobs is $49,808 – based on 2017 figures -- meaning that the total trucking industry wages paid in Pennsylvania exceeded $15.1 billion. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers held 80,810 jobs with an average annual salary of $46,150. Additionally, there are 31,560 trucking companies in the commonwealth.

    Those trucks are responsible for moving 86 percent of the total manufactured tonnage that is transported in the state: more than half a million tons per day.

    “The men and women in the trucking industry continue to drive Pennsylvania’s economy by delivering essential goods and services to our communities,” PMTA President and CEO Kevin Stewart said.

    There are 120,446 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania but truck drivers logged more than 9 billion miles on those roads in 2016, representing just nine percent of the miles driven by all motorists.

    As of April 2018, a typical five-axle tractor-semi-trailer combination paid $13,947 in state highway user fees and taxes and $8,906 in federal highway user fees and taxes. These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in Pennsylvania. The trucking industry in Pennsylvania paid approximately $1.9 billion in federal and state roadway taxes in 2016.

    That means that the industry paid 39 percent of all taxes owed by Pennsylvania motorist despite representing just nine percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.


  • February 13, 2019 12:05 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)


  • February 13, 2019 10:23 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The 2019 Annual Membership Conference and Expo is slated to begin on May 16 at Toftrees Resort in State College.

    This year's event will be filled with great speakers, discussions, vendors, food and entertainment. 

    On Friday, Steve Bryan will be one of our speakers. As Founder and President of Vigillo, a SambaSafety company, Bryan and the Vigillo team brings over 200 years of experience in the areas of statistics, software development, risk management and compliance.

    Bryan is a veteran technology leader who founded Vigillo in 2007 and currently employs a team of data scientists and software engineers specializing in Big Data within the commercial transportation and logistics industry.

    Prior to founding Vigillo in 2007, Steve combined his legal and business experience to lead five software start-ups and emerging companies to successful exits. Earlier in his career, he worked as a District Manager for Dow Jones & Co. and served for six years in the United States Army as a Maintenance Sergeant.

    Bryan earned a Masters of Business Administration, JD and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Willamette University.

    Secure your spot at this year's AMC today by registering here.


  • February 12, 2019 9:52 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Arlington, Va. – The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

    The 2019 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system.  The analysis, based on truck GPS data from nearly 1 million heavy duty trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.  ATRI’s truck GPS data is used to support the USDOT’s freight mobility initiatives.  The locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations.

    “Congestion is a persistent issue for our industry and our company specifically,” said Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight. “For UPS, if all of our vehicles are delayed just five minutes a day, every day, it costs our company $114 million a year. In order to combat congestion, many companies must plan operational redundancies to meet their customer needs. Using data like ATRI’s bottleneck report can help both companies and elected officials to make more informed decisions.”

    For the first time since 2014, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey is back on top as the Number One freight bottleneck in the country.  The rest of the Top 10 includes:

    1. Fort Lee, N.J.: I-95 and SR 4
    2. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
    3. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North)
    4. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
    5. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
    6. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
    7. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
    8. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
    9. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
    10. Los Angeles: I-710 at I-105

    There are five locations in Pennsylvania on the list, which is up from just two a year ago. Three of those bottlenecks are in Philadelphia and two are in the Harrisburg area.

    In Philadelphia, the bottleneck at I-76 at I-676 landed at number 51 last year but has moved up to 38 in 2019. The average speed is just 30.4 MPH, down 5.66 percent from last year.

    I-476 at I-95 in Philadelphia was the only other location in Pennsylvania on the 2018 top-100 and it was just barely in the top-100 at 97. This year, it has moved up to 63 on the list and saw a decrease of average speed of 1.66 percent.

    I-81 at I-83 in Harrisburg sits at number 62 on the top-100 this year with an average speed of 51.1; representing a decrease from last year of more than six percent.

    I-76 at I-476 in Philadelphia appears in the 77th spot on the list and RT 581 at I-83 in Harrisburg is in the 92nd spot.

    For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website by clicking here.


  • February 11, 2019 2:55 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – Due to potential snowfall and anticipated sleet or freezing rain along with balancing needs for goods movement, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are implementing phased restrictions through the storm. Depending on conditions, restrictions may be expanded or reduced. See a map of planned restrictions at www.penndot.gov, and when restrictions are effective, they can be viewed at www.511PA.com.

    At midnight tonight, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and on I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike. Also at midnight, from New Stanton east to Carlisle, the Turnpike will prohibit:

    • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;
    • all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
    • tractors hauling empty trailers;
    • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
    • all motorcycles; and
    • all recreational vehicles and RVs.

    At 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will implement a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) on the following roadways:

    • Interstate 380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
    • I-80 from I-79 to the New Jersey state line;
    • I-81 from I-78 to the New York state line;
    • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
    • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131); and
    • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80.

    Also at 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

    • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276, I-95) from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
    • I-176;
    • I-283;
    • I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
    • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County (#20) to Lehigh Valley (exit 56);
    • I-676;
    • I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);
    • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
    • I-81 from the Maryland state line to I-78 split;
    • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
    • I-95 full length;
    • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
    • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

    A 45-mph speed restriction will be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those time frames and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.



  • February 11, 2019 9:15 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – On May 16, the 2019 Annual Membership Conference and Expo will kick off in State College, Pa., at the Toftrees Resort and Conference Center.

    The 2019 conference will feature all of the same excellent quality of speakers, panels and vendors as well as food and drink as previous years but will be at a greatly reduced price. Registration for a single person for Thursday through Sunday is just $225 and includes all food and drink throughout the conference. The rate for couples is $400 for the full conference.

    Friday only registration starts at $150 and Saturday only registration is $50. PMTA will also be hosting a golf outing at Toftrees on Thursday and registration for that is $55 for a single golfer that is also attending the conference and $100 for a golfer not attending the conference. Golf only registration includes Thursday’s cocktail reception and banquet.

    The tentative agenda is as follows:

    Thursday, May 16

    Noon - Golf Outing
    6pm - Cocktail Reception
    7pm - Welcome Dinner

    Friday, May 17

    7am - Breakfast
    8am - Speaker Presentations Begin
    11:30am - Lunch with Exhibitors (1.5 hours)
    4pm - Speakers Conclude
    6pm - Cocktail Reception
    7pm - Chairman's Banquet

    Saturday, May 18

    8am - Fleet Safety Awards Breakfast
    10:30am - Keynote Speaker
    Noon - Conference Concludes

    The list of speakers will be announced at a later date.

    Registration is open and spots are limited so secure yours today by clicking here.

    Hotel accommodations can be made here through this link.

    PMTA is also extending invitations to members to be a part of the conference as sponsors. More information is available on that here.


  • February 04, 2019 8:52 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday that 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties were selected for $44.5 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

    "Transportation is critical to connecting communities and economies, and we are an important partner in bringing progress across the state," Governor Wolf said. "These investments will improve overall mobility and safety while bolstering commercial projects."

    Reflecting Governor Wolf's and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards' commitment to improving locally owned infrastructure, several of the projects will also help local governments address bridges and roadways in need of repair or replacement.

    "Whether we’re making roadways more accessible to all means of travel or creating new connections for businesses investing in our communities, transportation is integral to our quality of life,” Richards said. “These projects will bring long-lasting improvements across the state.”

    PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.

    For more information about the program, visit www.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” button.

    Allegheny County:

    • McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation — $1.9 million for multimodal transportation and green infrastructure improvements and streetscapes including ADA-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, curbing, bus lanes, pedestrian circulation, bike racks, infiltration cells, traffic signals, and new street lighting beginning at the intersection of Chartiers Avenue, Linden Avenue, and Furnace Street Ext., and extending northwest along the first block of Chartiers Avenue.
    • Penn Hills Township — $3 million to repave and improve roadways throughout the township most in need of repair, complete ADA-compliant cut-outs and sidewalks, and make streets more accessible for bicycle traffic.
    • Pittsburgh Arena Real Estate Development LP — $1.4 million for transportation improvements that will support the planned redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site in the City of Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District, including the addition of a new roadway access point connecting New Street to Center Avenue as well as pedestrian, bike, and public transit improvements on Crawford and Center Avenues.
    • Ross Township — $2.2 million for new sidewalks on Siebert Road from McKnight Road to Woodland Road and a second southbound left-turn lane on McKnight Road and additional receiving lane on Siebert Road.
    • Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County — $650,000 for a new three-acre public open space providing improvements to intersection, public streetscape, new accessible pedestrian pathways, bicycle routes, bus stop, bikeshare station, stormwater management, energy-efficient lighting, and other public amenities.

    Armstrong County: Armstrong County — $764,755 for multi-municipal projects across the county, including paving in Parks Township; bridge replacement in Kittanning Township; traffic signal replacement in Leechburg, and road improvements in West Franklin.

    Berks County: Caernarvon Township — $208,854 to decrease the turning radius from Route 10 onto Shiloh Road and improve sight distances at the intersection.

    Bucks County: Plumstead Township — $607,175 for essential pedestrian safety improvements, including sidewalks, ADA-compliant features, and signalization at the intersection of Stump Road and Route 611 (Easton Road).

    Cambria County: Johnstown Redevelopment Authority — $2.7 million to construct an industrial connector road to connect the Johnstown Urban Industrial Park – a new 115-acre industrial park – to Iron Street.

    Centre County: Centre County — $2 million to replace two high-priority, poor-condition bridges in the county— Mill Street Bridge in Howard Borough and Railroad Street Bridge in Bellefonte Borough.

    Chester County:

    • Chester County Airport — $1.8 million to extend the existing terminal building that was constructed in 1993 which will allow for the addition of a public terminal and new Fixed-Base Operator space and expansion of the parking and access way.
    • Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau — $204,284 to replace existing wayfinding road signage throughout Chester County, including fabrication, installation, and inspection of newly-designed signs.
    • East Coventry Township — $2.6 million to signalize the Route 724/Peterman Road intersection; add left-turn lanes on all approaches; restrict left turns from Old Schuylkill Road to the Route 724 intersection; and install sidewalks along the east side of Peterman Road from Route 724 to Old Schuylkill Road and along Old Schuylkill Road to Spiece Road.
    • East Fallowfield Township — $1 million for repairs to Mortonville Road, including embankment stabilization, drainage improvements, and roadway reconstruction.
    • Honey Brook Borough — $100,000 for pedestrian improvements to Chestnut Street, including rehabilitation and reconstruction of sidewalks and curbs to ADA standards with street paving. The work will also direct stormwater toward existing inlets.

    Clearfield County:

    • Brady Township — $330,775 to replace the Haag Road Bridge over Stump Creek with a culvert.
    • Huston Township — $450,000 for roadway and pedestrian infrastructure improvements to improve vehicle circulation, pedestrian safety, and overall mobility on approximately 3.78 miles of Mountain Run Road (T-338).
    • Penn Township — $272,672 to replace superstructure of the bridge over Bell Run, pave approaches to the bridge, aggregate for shoulders, install guiderail, and end transitions.

    Clinton County: Woodward Township — $175,000 to pave 1.98 miles of Croak Hollow Road (T-512).

    Huntingdon County: Mount Union Borough — $1.2 million to complete the Pennsylvania Avenue Linear Park Corridor as a multimodal transportation hub in the heart of town. The project will link the Mount Union Area School District and surrounding neighborhoods to the central business district on the southern side of the rail lines.

    Lancaster County:

    • East Lampeter Township — $1.6 million to complete improvements that have been recommended in the Lincoln Highway Streetscape Plan targeting pedestrian and multimodal facilities, including the addition of a bicycle/pedestrian path on the south side of the highway, widening of the pedestrian sidewalk on the north side of the highway, and crosswalks at the signalized intersections.
    • Property Investing and Management, Inc. — $2.2 million to improve existing roadways and construct new roadways along the Route 322 corridor in Ephrata Township and Ephrata Borough to directly facilitate the build-out of Ephrata Crossing, a mixed-use development project.

    Lehigh County:

    • Borough of Slatington — $440,000 to realign and reconstruct the SR 0873 / Walnut Street intersection in the Borough of Slatington to be completed in conjunction with the Lehigh County Walnut Street Bridge replacement.
    • Borough of Coopersburg — $1.2 million for traffic, bicycling, and pedestrian improvements to Main Street and East State Street, including ADA-compliant pedestrian crosswalks at two key intersections, 0.11 miles of curb, sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, signs, and pavement marking.

    Luzerne County:

    • Avoca Borough — $1.6 million for improvements to the intersection of Main Street and McAlpine Street, including widening the southwest corner of the intersection to improve the right turn from McAlpine Street to Main Street.
    • City of Wilkes-Barre — $250,000 to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Strauss Lane over Solomon Creek.
    • Exeter Borough — $572,293 to restore and improve Route 1025 (Schooley Avenue) between Cedar Street and Susquehanna Avenue.
    • Lehman Township — $472,615 for base repairs and paving on Old Route 115 from Jackson Road to Route 118.
    • Pittston Township — $603,847 for improvements to the roadway and drainage to safely accommodate two-way traffic, improve the conveyance of stormwater, and improve the safety of roadways in the Township, including Baker Road, Chapel Road, and Upper and Lower Ridge Roads.
    • Plains Township — $117,463 to redefine the access points to the newly proposed Wilkes-Barre Area School District High School, improving traffic flow and safety.
    • West Hazleton — $1 million to replace the Jaycee Drive bridge over Black Creek in the Valmont Industrial Park.

    Mercer County:

    • City of Hermitage — $345,541 to construct sidewalks along the east side of South Route 18 (Hermitage Road) between Linden Pointe Business Campus and Morefield Road and intersection improvements at Armstrong, Emilie, and Morefield Roads.
    • City of Sharon — $1.3 to repave and improve multiple streets throughout the city, complete ADA-compliant cut-outs and sidewalks, and make these streets more accessible for commerce in the city.
    • South Pymatuning Township — $261,585 for improvements to Wynnewood Drive, Kane Road, and Orangeville Road, including the removal and replacement of the current road surface; grinding, leveling, and repaving; replacement of the culverts, ditch, and berm areas of the roadway; and installation of new aggregate base to meet desired elevation on Wynnewood Drive.

    Mifflin County: Oliver Township — $700,000 for full roadway reconstruction of Kansas and School House Roads, consisting of roadway widening, replacement of undersized culverts, road base improvements, and road rehabilitation to improve the safety of the roadway network.

    Monroe County: Stroud Township — $521,616 to replace an existing steel beam stream crossing carrying Mervine Road (T-412) over Cherry Creek.

    Montgomery County:

    • Lower Moreland Township — $1.2 million to replace a structurally deficient structure and widen the roadway along Red Lion Road to accommodate existing traffic volumes.
    • New Hanover Township — $125,394 to widen Route 73 to provide a separate eastbound left-turn lane along with minor reprofiling of a vertical curve to improve sight distance, as well as the installation of a traffic control signal.
    • Towamencin Township — $1 million to widen Route 63 (Forty Foot Road) to improve traffic flow, upgrade signals, and install ADA-compliant pedestrian amenities.
    • Upper Moreland Township — $390,000 for roadway widening along Davisville Road to provide a dedicated northbound right-turn lane onto Byberry Road.

    Northampton County: Lower Saucon Township — $219,640 to replace Lower Saucon Road Bridge, a two-lane culvert-style bridge.

    Philadelphia County:

    • City Avenue Special Services District — $626,386 for road and pedestrian safety improvements on City Avenue.
    • City of Philadelphia, Streets Department — $1.1 million to restore four unique historic streets to improve multimodal access, ADA compliance, and boost economic development in historic districts: Camac Street’s wood pavers, Waverly Street’s iron slag block, and Mermaid Lane and Winston Road’s cubical granite block.
    • Mural Arts Philadelphia — $68,128 to improve the safety and utilization of Wayne Junction, a multimodal hub, through the addition of public art.

    Pike County: Delaware Township — $626,897 to grade shoulders; superpave scratch and leveling; superpave wearing course; aggregate shoulder; prime coat; and line paint the entire length of Doolan Road and a portion of Park Road.

    Schuylkill County:

    • County of Schuylkill — $674,720 for full depth reclamation, shoulder restoration, guiderail replacement, replacement or restoration of storm drainage features, and repaving of the park-and-ride lot on Airport Road.
    • Kline Township — $211,667 to improve existing transportation infrastructure assets and enhance pedestrian safety through the repair of 13 sections of deteriorated highways used for residential, commercial, and industrial traffic throughout the township.

    Tioga County: County of Tioga — $1 million to extend the Pine Creek Rail-Trail (PCRT) to a trailhead in Wellsboro Borough, three miles south.

    Westmoreland County:

    • Borough of Youngwood — $400,000 for improvements to the Route 119 corridor (3rd and 4th Streets), including new roadway, ADA-compliant sidewalks, ADA ramps brought to current standards, and state-of-the-art signals along both streets.
    • City of Latrobe — $100,000 to enhance the safety and accessibility of three downtown railroad underpasses by replacing deteriorated sidewalks, installing curb ramps, cleaning and painting steel I-beams and railings, and updating lighting. 


  • February 01, 2019 9:31 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    On Thursday, the the Virginia House Transportation Committee passed a substitute version of House Bill 2718 where it will now move to the House floor.

    The original version of the bill, which can be read here, explicitly outlined the implementation of tolling, saying: "[T]he General Assembly hereby authorizes the Board to impose and collect tolls for the use of Interstate 81." (From §33.2-3602)

    The substitute version of the bill eliminated any direct use of the term "tolls" but still charges the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program, which was adopted Dec. 5, 2018, to "Include a financing plan to support such allocation..." (from §33.2-3602, substitute).

    The bill is still several steps away from being signed into law. That process in the state of Virginia is outlined here.


     

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