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.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The 2019 Safety Day Conference is right around the corner and registration is quickly filling up.
This year’s event, set for March 28 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (in Camp Hill), will feature three excellent speakers, a law enforcement panel and a round table discussion the night before.
Rebecca Brewster from the ATRI, Ross J. Froat from the ATA and Jeffrey Hickman from Virginia Tech highlight this year’s list of speakers.
The cost of the event for attendees is just $25 and that covers both breakfast and lunch on the 28th.
The opportunity still remains to showcase your business. We have spots open for exhibitors and, for $350, we will provide you with a six-foot draped table, electricity and WIFI for your exhibit as well as registration for one attendee. More information is available here.
Registration slots are moving fast. We’re expecting more than 200 attendees, so don’t miss out on this chance to meet potential clients.
To register as an attendee for this year’s event – Safety on the Cutting Edge: Learn the Future of Safety Today – click here.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The American Trucking Associations named the 2019-2020 America’s Road Team Captains yesterday in Arlington, Va.
Among the 18 honorees, three of them hail from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
William (Bill) C. Bennett III, who lives in Maytown, drives for UPS Freight and has been a professional driver for 11 years. He has tallied more than one million accident-free miles in his career. He took first place in the Tank Truck division of the PA Truck Driving Championships in 2015 and 2016.
Douglas (Doug) Frombaugh, who lives in Carlisle, drives for FedEx Freight and has been on the road professionally from more than 30 years. Frombaugh has accumulated more than 1.7 million accident-free miles and is an 18-year recipient of the FedEx Freight Safe Driver Award. He has represented FedEx at the PA TDC’s for more than 20 years and is a captain for the PA State Road Team.
Nicolette Weaver, from New Bloomfield, has been a professional driver from 18 years and has also racked up more than 1.7 accident-free miles. Weaver also drives for FedEx Freight. She is an eight time recipient of FedEx’s safe driving award and won a 2016 Bravo Zulu award. In the 2017 PA TDC’s she took third place in the twins division.
There were 13 different states represented on the list of road team captains. Pennsylvania saw the most representation with three drivers. California was the only other state with more than one representative.
For the full release from the ATA, click here.
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- In preparation for the winter weather expected to hit on Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has issued restrictions on roadways throughout the state.
Beginning at 6:00 a.m., no empty or double trailers, RV's, trailers being towed by non-commercial vehicles and motorcycles will be allowed on the following roads:
There will also be a speed limit restriction of 45 MPH as conditions warrant throughout the commonwealth.
Follow PMTA on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the restrictions.
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Senator Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) today joined with his colleague Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) to announce the re-introduction of “Christine’s Law,” a measure that would require all drivers to clear snow and ice from their vehicles within 24 hours following winter storms.
“Christine’s Law is a commonsense proposal to protect motorists and their passengers from the dangers of flying snow and ice missiles,” said Senator Boscola, the prime sponsor of the bill. “The seriousness of this issue was made obvious again last week following the heavy amounts of snow, ice and rain from last week’s winter storm.”
On Tuesday, a 65-year-old passenger was injured and required transport to a local hospital when ice struck the vehicle his was in while driving on Interstate 80 in eastern Pennsylvania. The ice dislodged from a tractor trailer traveling west on the highway — an eerily similar instance to the tragedy that prompted Senator Boscola to push for a tougher law.
In 2004 on Christmas day, Christine Lambert of Palmer Township, Northampton County, was killed when a chunk of ice from a truck flew off its roof and crashed through her windshield. The tragedy could have been avoided had the trucker simply cleaned off the top of the truck.
“We are in the middle of the winter season and the recent snow and ice storm resulted in more incidents where vehicles were struck by snow and ice falling off vehicles,” Senator Boscola added. “My legislation is a matter of public safety and common sense. It requires all drivers to do their part so no family endures the tragic loss the Lambert Family suffered.”
Senator Laughlin, who joins the effort as a lead sponsor of Senate Bill 114 for the 2019-20 Legislative Session, echoed Senator Boscola’s sentiments. “As someone who has had to dodge flying sheets of ice and snow while driving to and from Harrisburg, I wholeheartedly can say that Christine’s law is a good and necessary piece of legislation. Most responsible drivers already take the time to clear their vehicles of snow and ice. Unfortunately, there are far too many who do not and become a hazard to everyone else out on the roads after a storm. This measure empowers our law enforcement officers to intervene before a tragedy and makes certain our roads are safer to travel during the winter months.”
Senator Boscola noted that she has already been working with Senator Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), who serves as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, to have the bill brought up for a vote as soon as possible.
Last session, Senator Boscola’s bill (Senate Bill 435) unanimously passed the Senate in April but was not taken up in the House of Representatives prior to session concluding in November. Senator Boscola said she hopes her bill will be acted upon in the Senate early this year to give the House more time for review and action.
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- On Jan. 18, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a regional emergency that warranted the exemption of Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
The declaration was made in anticipation of the upcoming winter storms and the resulting heating and other fuel shortages. The Declaration addresses the anticipated emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of heating fuels, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into the affected States and provides necessary relief.
From the release: "By execution of this extension of the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into the Affected States are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein."
Pennsylvania was one of the states included in the regional declaration. On Wednesday, the FMCSA amended the declaration to include more states. Pennsylvania was one of the original 12 states and remains on the list now that it has grown to 15 states. Those states are Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Vermont.
For the full release from the FMCSA, click here.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Sixth Annual Safety Day Conference is fast approaching and registration for the event is now open.
The theme of this year’s event in Safety on the Cutting Edge: Learn the Future of Safety Today and it is presented by Marcello & Kivisto, LLC. The Conference will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 28th at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (located on the Camp Hill Bypass in Camp Hill).
This year’s lineup will include Rebecca Brewster from the ATRI, Ross J. Froat from the ATA and Jeffrey Hickman from Virginia Tech. Brewster has been the President and COO of the ATRI for 26 years, Froat is the Director of Engineering and Information Technology and Hickman is a Research Scientest at VT’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety.
There will also be a Round Table Discussion that will be held the evening prior to the conference (Wed. 3/27) at the Radisson from 7-9 pm. This session is included in your registration cost, but we ask that you select whether or not you plan to attend on your registration form. If you plan to attend, please bring questions or scenarios for discussion.
On Thursday, registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and the speakers will begin at 9 a.m. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. lunch will be available, and that time will also be open for attendees to meet with the fine vendors that will also be in attendance. The conference will wrap up with a law enforcement panel discussion.
The $25 registration fee covers both breakfast and lunch on Thursday.
To register for the event, click here.
If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor at the event, click here.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – Last Wednesday, Virginia state legislators introduced bills that would enact tolls along Interstate 81 amid heavy backlash from the transportation industry.
The tolls would vary for commercial and passenger vehicles, starting at 17 cents per mile for trucks and 11 for other drivers. The bill allows for an annual pass for passenger vehicles that is expected to cost are $30 annually.
The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates and the American Trucking Associations have both made strong statements against the legislation.
“Putting tolls on Interstate 81 would have many negative consequences for not only western Virginia, but the whole commonwealth,” Stephanie Kane, spokeswoman for Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, told The Roanoke Times.
“Imposing tolls on existing lanes of I-81 will increase shipping costs for goods, suppress consumer activity, waste revenues on bureaucratic administration, double-tax businesses, divert traffic onto local roads, and negative impact residents and communities located around toll facilities.”
Last week, Jennifer Hall, who is the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs for the ATA penned a letter to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam outlining that the proposed tolling “would not only be poor public policy, but would also raise serious legal issues.”
The letter, which can be read in full here, cites U.S. Supreme Court cases that bring into question the constitutionality of the proposed bill. The ATFI went into more detail about the potential laws in a press release this morning.
The ATFI has launched a new website, www.keeptollsoff81.com, to provide information about the potential legislation as well as a conduit for citizens to express their opposition to their representatives. According to the ATFI, more than 2400 letters have been sent to law makers and 130 people have signed the online petition at KeepTollsOff81.com.
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