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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
At 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will implement a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) on the following roadways:
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:
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.
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 Outing6pm - Cocktail Reception7pm - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northampton County: Lower Saucon Township — $219,640 to replace Lower Saucon Road Bridge, a two-lane culvert-style bridge.
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.
Tioga County: County of Tioga — $1 million to extend the Pine Creek Rail-Trail (PCRT) to a trailhead in Wellsboro Borough, three miles south.
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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