PMTA News

  • May 20, 2020 11:03 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Nearly $452 million will be invested in communities across the Lehigh Valley for road, bridge, trail, multimodal and transit projects over the next four years, according to region’s draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

     

    The TIP will be open for public comment from May 18 through June 16, and will be the subject of public meetings scheduled for:

    • 12 pm, May 20: Attending the meeting can be done by using this link http://tiny.cc/TIP0520mtg. From there, using “the web app instead” function will enable anyone to see the meeting and chat by computer.Those who would also like to speak during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting can do it by calling1-872-222-9976 and using the conference ID# 568479393#.

     

    • 4:30 pm, May 27:  Attending the meeting can be done by using this link http://tiny.cc/TIP0527mtg. From there, using “the web app instead” function will enable anyone to see the meeting and chat by computer.Those who would also like to speak during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting can do it by calling1-872-222-9976 and using the conference ID# 148149258#.

     

    • 9 am, June 3: Attending the meeting can be done by using this link http://tiny.cc/LVTS0603mtg. From there, using “the web app instead” function will enable anyone to see the meeting and chat by computer. Those who would also like to speak during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting can do it by calling 1-872-222-9976 and using the conference ID# 110559235#.

     

    The 2021-24 TIP consists of more than 120 projects that will include investments of $167.6 million for road, trail and multimodal projects, $134.5 million for bridge projects and $149.7 million to operate and improve the region’s transit system. 

    Roughly 80% of the plan is funded by the Federal Highway Administration, with the remaining 20% coming from state and local sources.

    For the past three months, those projects have been reviewed by local and state transportation officials, even as they were going through a detailed air quality, equity and environmental justice analysis. Final approval is expected by the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study this summer.

    The four-year TIP is updated every two years and the new TIP is scheduled to take effect in October of 2020.

    The draft TIP plan can be found at https://lvpc.org/tip.html.


  • May 15, 2020 11:33 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that beginning May 15, 2020, additional Driver License and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

    These re-openings are in addition to those previously announced on May 8, 2020. 

    The following driver license centers will reopen with limited services beginning Friday, May 15:

    • Bridgeville Driver and Photo License Center, 1025 Washington Pike, Route 50 Bridgeville;
    • Penn Hills Driver and Photo License Center, 11620 Keleket Drive, Penn Hills;
    • Uniontown Driver and Photo License Center, 855 N Gallatin Avenue Uniontown;
    • Greensburg Driver and Photo License Center, 770 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg;
    • New Kensington Driver and Photo License Center, 1600 Greensburg Road, New Kensington; and
    • Altoona Driver and Photo License Center, 1738 A 9th Avenue, Altoona.

    The following driver license centers will reopen with limited services beginning Saturday, May 16:

    • Washington Driver and Photo License Center, 250 Oak Spring Road, Washington;
    • Allison Park Driver and Photo License Center, 1701 Duncan Avenue, Allison Park;
    • Johnstown Driver and Photo License Center, 563 Walters Avenue, Johnstown;
    • Butler Driver and Photo License Center, 356 Point Plaza, Butler; and
    • Somerset Driver and Photo License Center, 5593 Glades Pike, Somerset.

    Hours of operation at the above locations will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.

    The following driver license center will reopen beginning Monday, May 18:

    • Pittsburgh Driver and Photo License Center, 708 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh.

    Hours of operation for the downtown Pittsburgh location will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.

    As the Driver License Centers open, they will offer limited services. Customers will be able to obtain the following services as they plan their visit to one of these centers:

    • Commercial Driver License (CDL) transactions, including renewals, replacements, Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MECs), date of proof transactions, Hazardous Material Recertifications, and related transactions;
    • Initial issuance transactions, including out-of-state transfers, ID card issuance, and related transactions;
    • Photo license services;
    • Driver license restoration services that cannot be completed online or via mail;
    • Medical-related testing; and
    • Non-U.S. citizen transaction processing.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Friday May 15:

    • McConnellsburg, 665 Lincoln Way E, McConnellsburg; hours of operation will be Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Tuesday May 19:

    East Liberty, 5900 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh; hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM,  Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM;

    Monroeville, 2725 Mosside Boulevard, Monroeville; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM; and

    Clairton Boulevard, 9 Clairton Boulevard, Pittsburgh; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

    Photo License Centers process photos only, and individuals must have a camera card for this service. 

    For a list of driver license and photo license centers that will be open during the yellow phase, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

    Customers seeking renewal of their non-commercial license or ID should renew online or by mail to avoid an unnecessary visit to the Driver License Center.

    In an effort to support social distancing and reduce initial volume and demand at driver license centers, the following customer services will not be initially available:

    • Non-commercial road testing; 
    • REAL ID applications and transactions, however, pre-verified customers can apply for REAL ID online; and
    • Transactions or services that can be completed online at www.dmv.pa.gov

    In all reopened driver license centers, the following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place:  

    • Customers will be prescreened and asked brief questions regarding any potential symptoms of COVID-19;
    • Customers will be required to wear masks while in the facility;
    • Seating will be reduced at all Driver License Centers to make social distancing easier to maintain six feet distances between each seat; 
    • The number of customers will be limited to correspond with available counter stations and available seating in the customer waiting area only;
    • Admittance to the facility will be limited to only the customer requiring service, unless assistance is needed by an accompanying person;
    • Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at each counter to protect customers and employees;
    • Cleaning protocols have been enhanced to sanitize facilities on an ongoing basis; and
    • Markings on floors have been added to assist with social distancing along with signage to communicate special instructions to customers.

    As PennDOT reopens driver license and photo license centers, services will be in high demand, and customers should expect longer than normal waits. PennDOT staff will work with each customer when they arrive to plan their visit, with additional staff serving as greeters to screen documents and provide information for a smooth and safe transaction as possible. PennDOT apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates customers’ understanding during this transition.

    Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; and driver license and photo ID duplicates. There are no additional fees for using online services.

    PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will continue to reopen other locations as soon as safely possible. We will continue to communicate any reopening and changes with the public.

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.


  • May 14, 2020 1:31 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.  

    Based on the detailed public comments and input from the American people, FMCSA’s final rule on hours of service offers four key revisions to the existing HOS rules:

    Short-Haul Operations 
     

    ·        Extends drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours;

    ·        Extends the air-mile radius within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

    Adverse Driving Conditions

    ·        Modifies the adverse driving conditions exception by extending, by 2 hours, the maximum on-duty window during which driving is permitted;

    30-Minute Break

    ·        Requires a 30-minute break after 8 consecutive hours of driving time have elapsed;

    ·        Allows a break to be taken in an on-duty, not-driving status.

    Sleeper Berth Exception

    ·        Allows drivers to split their required 10-hours off duty into two periods: an 8 and 2 split or a 7 and 3 split, either off duty or in the sleeper berth;

    ·        Neither period counts against the driver’s 14-hour driving window.

    You can view the full Final Rule here.

  • May 13, 2020 12:17 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that a national emergency continues to exist that warrants extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 issued on March 13, 2020, expanded on March 18, 2020, and extended and further expanded on April 8, 2020.

    This extension continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the fifty States and the District of Columbia.  This Declaration extends the exemption through June 14, 2020.

    You can read the full document here.

  • May 12, 2020 5:05 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

    Deadlines on the following products will be extended effective May 12, 2020:

    • Vehicle registrations of all classes which includes, but not limited to, mass transit vehicle registrations, apportioned vehicle registrations, fleet vehicle registrations, dealer plate registrations, temporary registrations and biennial farm exemption certificates scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through June 30, 2020.
    • Safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through June 30, 2020.
    • Persons with Disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through June 30, 2020.

     

    These extensions are in addition to those announced on May 1 related to driver’s licenses, photo ID cards, and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020 – these products are also extended through June 30, 2020. A camera card is considered a driver's license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver's license products.

    Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

    Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; and driver license and photo ID duplicates. There are no additional fees for using online services.

    PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will communicate any changes with the public.

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.


  • May 12, 2020 4:15 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA) has announced that with the passing of the Association’s President, Kevin Stewart, PMTA’s First Vice Chairman Joe Butzer will serve as Interim President effective immediately.

    Butzer has been in the transportation industry for more than 35 years. He has operated a trucking company along with a full-service truck leasing company in central Pennsylvania. Butzer has been a long-time member of PMTA serving as President of PMTA’s Lancaster Chapter and currently the chapter Treasurer.

    He has been on the State PMTA Board for six years and has served as Chairman of its Legislative Committee.

    With Joes background in the transportation industry, along with his experience at PMTA, he is uniquely qualified to serve as Interim President of PMTA, said current Chairman Gladys Knox of Wright Knox Motor Lines.

    Butzer states, while I was excited to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PMTA beginning May 15, 2020, with the passing of Kevin Stewart, who I considered a friend, I will surrender my Chairman’s position and I am honored to serve the hard working members of PMTA as the Interim President. These are trying times for every industry and I promise to do my best to serve our vital industry in Pennsylvania.”

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    The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association was organized in 1928. As part of a national integrated network of trucking associations and affiliates, we identify the key issues that impact the trucking industry and fight to preserve and strengthen the trucking industry and its jobs in each of the 67 counties and 2,567 municipalities in Pennsylvania, and with our elected officials in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. We also provide an array of tangible business services to our members, delivering education and awareness programs, up-to-the-minute industry news and trends, and money saving services.

    Media Contact: Brandon Moree
    717-761-7122 (bmoree@pmta.org)


  • May 12, 2020 2:25 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    SUMMARY: PHMSA is issuing this final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods—Model Regulations.


    Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that would allow for increased alignment with the Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

     
    DATES:
    Effective date: This rule is effective May 11, 2020, except for instruction 17,
    which is effective January 2, 2023.
    Voluntary compliance date: January 1, 2019.
    Delayed compliance date: May 10, 2021.
    Incorporation by reference date: The incorporation by reference of certain
    publications listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal

    Register as of May 11, 2020.

    FULL RULE



  • May 12, 2020 11:28 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    A coalition of 10 metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government in PA, NJ, NY and CT, the NJ Department of Transportation, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the NYC Department of Transportation want to know. With this 3 minute survey we are seeking feedback and insights from TRUCK DRIVERS and FLEET OPERATIONS MANAGERS.

    The focus of this survey is to inform creation and operation of truck rest areas throughout the Northeast, including the Lehigh Valley. 

    A link to the survey is here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=OmgEammf-EWoML-oTC4AUWQbGeaQMDNIgDV0PbiHCL1UN1FKRlIwVUhEWjBPTU5KN0FPQzhZWENSUC4u

     


  • May 11, 2020 2:51 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Starting Monday, May 11 at 9 p.m., 7-Eleven will perform a systems upgrade, changing every point-of-sale (POS) system over to 7-Eleven systems in all 17 service plazas along the PA Turnpike.  During the upgrade, which takes approximately six hours to complete at each location, fuel and convenience store purchases will not be available.  The upgrades will last through June 3.  

    Below is a list of scheduled upgrades starting at 9 p.m. on their respective days.  Work schedules are subject to change.

    Monday, May 11

    Cumberland Valley (milepost 219.1 eastbound)

    New Stanton (milepost 77.6 westbound)

    Tuesday, May 12

    Lawn (milepost 258.8 westbound)

    Oakmont Plum (milepost 49.3 eastbound)

    Thursday, May 14

    Allentown (milepost 55.9 northbound and southbound)

    Monday, May 18

    Blue Mountain (milepost 202.5 westbound)

    Valley Forge (milepost 324.6 westbound)

    Tuesday, May 19

    King of Prussia (milepost 328.4 westbound)

    South Midway (milepost 147.3 eastbound)

    Wednesday, May 20

    Sideling Hill (milepost 172.3 westbound and eastbound)

    Tuesday, May 26

    North Somerset (milepost 112.3 westbound)

    South Somerset (milepost 112.3 eastbound)

    Wednesday, May 27

    Bowmansville (milepost 289.9 eastbound)

    Thursday, May 28

    North Midway (milepost 147.3 westbound)

    Monday, June 1

    Highspire (milepost 249.7 eastbound)

    Tuesday, June 2

    Peter J. Camiel (milepost 304.8 westbound)

    Wednesday, June 3

    Hickory Run (milepost 86.1 northbound and southbound)

    7-Eleven acquired the Sunoco convenience stores inside the PA Turnpike service plazas in early 2018.  A rebrand will also be taking place in the coming months, changing all signage to reflect 7-Eleven as the new convenience store. 

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all service plazas will have limited staffing for the safety of the employees of HMS Host and 7-Eleven, which operate the PA Turnpike service plazas. Fuel and all convenience stores inside the service plazas will continue to remain open 24 hours a day.  Motorists using the Pennsylvania Turnpike service plazas should keep in mind that no inside dining or seating is available, patrons should not congregate, and everyone is encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance.

    For more information on service plazas, visit https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/service_plazas.aspx.

    To report an accident or other emergency on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 via mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions or to contact, use one of these resources:

    ON THE PA TURNPIKE

    · Variable & Digital Message Signs — nearly 100 signs along the Turnpike

    · Highway Advisory Radio — 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)

    BY PHONE

    · Turnpike Roadway Information Program(toll-free) — 866-976-TRIP (8747)

    · Customer Assistance Center (toll-free) — 800-331-3414  weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

    ON THE WEB

    · Check the PA Turnpike and all PA roadways at: www.511PA.com

    · Travel Conditions Map — live, interactive conditions map; view at https://www.paturnpike.com/webmap

    · Waze — a crowd-sourced navigation app that provides real-time traffic conditions with input from other drivers; download at https://www.waze.com

     

  • May 06, 2020 12:30 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    PennDOT has reopened a limited number of driver license centers that will provide Commercial Driver Licensing (CDL) services by appointment only, beginning Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Available services for commercial drivers at these locations will include CDL knowledge and skills testing, hazmat renewals and security threat assessments.

    These locations will reopen for CDL services ONLY:

     

    •       Lehigh Valley – Address: 1710 Hoover Ave, Allentown;

    •       Somerset – Address: 5593 Glades Pike, Somerset;

    •       Lewistown – Address: 13217 Ferguson Valley Rd, Yeagertown; and

    •       Selinsgrove – Address: 1015 US-522, Selinsgrove.

    Please note that Lehigh Valley only tests Class B and C.  All other sites listed test Class A, B, and C.

    Appointments will be scheduled based on demand and schedule availability. Individuals seeking CDL testing may call PennDOT’s Call Center at 717.412.5300 or email cdlappointmentrequest@pa.gov

    to request an appointment. When a request is received PennDOT staff will contact you within 1 business day to schedule an appointment.

    In an abundance of caution to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, new safety measures must be followed when arriving for a CDL appointment at the Driver License Center: Details of the requirements will be supplied once the customer is contacted during the scheduling process.



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