ACTA Smart Moves Newsletter - 07/02/24
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July 02, 2024

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Welcome to ACTA's new online Smart Moves newsletter. We hope to keep you informed and bring you the latest transportation news and information on a local and national level.


The Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA) is a 501(c)(3) organization located in the western suburbs of Pittsburgh PA. Our mission is to improve mobility in the airport corridor and advocate for sustainable transportation solutions.

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Shapiro Administration Highlights Responsible Celebration Ahead of Independence Day Weekend

Pennsylvania Pressroom June 28, 2024
Impressions: 10 Location: United States (Country)

​Harrisburg, PA The Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Health, along with the Pennsylvan...

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The Pennsylvania government agencies and law enforcement are urging residents to celebrate Independence Day responsibly and safely. They are emphasizing the importance of not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as practicing safe behavior while participating in outdoor activities. The article also highlights the risks of boating under the influence and the need to protect oneself from sunburn and heat-related illnesses. The Office of the State Fire Commissioner has launched a fireworks safety campaign, and PennDOT provides resources for checking travel restrictions and road conditions.

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Pittsburgh-area communities to improve walking, biking networks with portion of state grant

WPXI-TV Natalie Miller June 27, 2024
Impressions: 1,463,000 Location: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

Some local communities will receive a portion of a state WalkWorks grant to improve walking and biking networks, boost physical activity, and enhance road safety and...

Intelligent Summary:

Pittsburgh-area communities will receive a portion of a state grant to improve walking and biking networks. The $255,000 grant will help nine communities develop Active Transportation Plans to increase physical activity and enhance road safety. WalkWorks recipients will work with transportation and community planners to collect data and incorporate public input. The goal is to create safe and accessible transportation options for all.

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PennDOT license and photo centers to close for Independence Day Jun 30, 2024 13 mins ago

NorthCentralPA.com Ncpa Staff June 30, 2024
Impressions: 928,060 Location: Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

Harrisburg, Pa. — PennDOT is reminding all Pennsylvanians that driver's license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed on Th...

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PennDOT license and photo centers in Pennsylvania will be closed on July 4th for Independence Day. Online services, including license and registration renewals, are still available.

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Travelers already on the road ahead of Independence Day

KDKA 2 June 30, 2024
Impressions: 4,649,000 Location: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

By: KDKA-TV's Chilekasi Adele PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- We are just about four days away from the Fourth of July, which means that many people are already heading to their destinations. KDKA-TV spoke with ...

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As Independence Day approaches, many travelers are already hitting the road to their holiday destinations. The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects nearly 670,000 people to travel on Wednesday, July 3. Nationally, AAA projects that over 70.9 million people will travel for the holiday, with the majority choosing to drive. PennDOT advises travelers to plan ahead, designate drivers, and make alternate transportation arrangements to ensure a safe and responsible holiday period.

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More than 5 million vehicles expected to hit the turnpike ahead of Independence Day

WPMT FOX43 July 1, 2024
Impressions: 281,615 Location: York, York, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

With the Fourth of July holiday less than a week away, traffic experts are predicting more vehicles on the road compared to last year. LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. — The Fourth of J...

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More than 5 million vehicles are expected to be on the road ahead of Independence Day, according to traffic experts. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission predicts a 3% increase in traffic compared to last year. The busiest travel day is expected to be Wednesday, with over 600,000 cars on the road. This year's travel numbers are the highest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Some motorists will get a break next year as Pennsylvania Turnpike changes how it calculates tolls

Pittsburgh Union Progress Ed Blazina July 2, 2024
Impressions: N/A Location: District of Columbia, United States (Province)

It’s not news that the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase tolls in January because the agency has raised rates each of the past 16 years. But the 5% increas...

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Starting in January, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase tolls by 5% but will also change how tolls are calculated. Instead of flat fees based on entry and exit points, tolls will be calculated based on mileage driven. The change will also affect commercial customers, who will be charged based on the length and height of their vehicles. The goal of the new system is to be fairer and easier to understand. Despite the changes, the turnpike expects a net increase in revenue of 5%. In the first year, about 50% of passenger car drivers will pay lower tolls, while 70% of commercial vehicles will see increases of $5 or less. The turnpike plans to have 3% toll increases until 2050 to pay off its debt.

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AAA: Gas Prices Dip Slightly Ahead of July 4th Holiday in Western Pennsylvania

Erie News Now July 2, 2024
Impressions: 200,640 Location: Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

This week's average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average $3.764 Average price during the week of June 24, 2024 $3.778 Average price during the week of July 3, 2023 $3.637 The a...

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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania have slightly decreased ahead of the July 4th holiday, according to AAA. The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas ranges from $3.598 to $3.926. The national average increased by five cents to $3.49, but is still lower than a month ago and a year ago. With an estimated 60 million travelers hitting the road for the holiday, demand may increase over the next ten days.

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TSA making changes at Pittsburgh International Airport to reduce security wait times

WPXI-TV Lori Houy July 1, 2024
Impressions: 1,463,000 Location: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

FINDLAY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The travel rush is on at Pittsburgh International Airport. The line to the security checkpoint was out the door early Monday morning, with more tha...

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TSA is implementing changes at Pittsburgh International Airport to reduce security wait times. Starting next Monday, the alternate checkpoint will be exclusively for TSA pre-check customers between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays. The airport experienced its busiest May in 17 years, with long lines causing missed flights. Stormy weather also led to eight flights being diverted to Pittsburgh International. Travelers are advised to arrive two and a half to three hours before their flight.

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Pittsburgh International Airport and TSA are bracing, and preparing, for a heavy summer rush

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 28, 2024
Impressions: 726,000 Location: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

Tim Eckel stood in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoint Wednesday morning at 6:15 a.m., waiting to navigate the long security...

Contextual Analysis:

The online article discusses the preparations being made by Pittsburgh International Airport and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the anticipated heavy summer rush. The article mentions Tim Eckel, who was observed at the airport checkpoint early in the morning, waiting to go through the lengthy security process.

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Deluzio and Jeffries spotlight Biden infrastructure law results at Pittsburgh airport

WFMZ-TV 69News Steve Mellon July 2, 2024
Impressions: 1,254,000 Location: Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

USE ONLY ONCE Reps. Chris Deluzio (D-17th District), left, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York speak at a press conference at Pittsburgh International Ai...

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Reps. Chris Deluzio and Hakeem Jeffries spoke at a press conference at Pittsburgh International Airport about the $1.5 billion modernization project, which was made possible by President Biden's infrastructure bill. However, reporters were more interested in the recent Supreme Court ruling granting former President Trump immunity from prosecution. Jeffries expressed disappointment with the decision, emphasizing that no one is above the law in a democracy. He also mentioned other recent Supreme Court rulings that concern the Democratic Party. Deluzio defended Biden's performance in the presidential debate and highlighted his successes in office, particularly the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Both congressmen emphasized their support for organized labor and the creation of good-paying union jobs.

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Cassotis' Viewpoint: Investing in cargo infrastructure is win for the region

Pittsburgh Business Times Christina Cassotis June 28, 2024
Impressions: 426,064 Location: Pittsburgh, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

Earlier this month, IATA, the International Air Transport Association, convened leadership at its Annual General Meeting to address issues and opportunities facing the industry. D...

Intelligent Summary:

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is experiencing an increase in cargo activity, with domestic shippers like UPS, FedEx, and Amazon Air operating daily flights. PIT also handles belly cargo, which enhances the profitability of passenger routes for airlines. The airport's efficient operations and strategic location make it an attractive choice for manufacturers and freight forwarders. PIT is set to open a state-of-the-art cargo facility next year, expanding its capabilities and creating more job opportunities. The facility will also support PIT's plans to produce sustainable aviation fuel on-site, making it even more appealing to airlines.

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Pittsburgh Regional Transit adds digital customer service hours

Pittsburgh Union Progress Ed Blazina July 1, 2024
Impressions: N/A Location: District of Columbia, United States (Province)

It has taken a little longer than expected, but Pittsburgh Regional Transit will begin expanding its digital customer service on Monday. The agency announced a year ago that it would add seven...

Intelligent Summary:

Pittsburgh Regional Transit is expanding its digital customer service hours, adding an hour at each end of the schedule. Staff will be available from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Phone representatives will also be available during specific hours. The goal is to eventually have customer service available during all service hours. The expansion will be done gradually to ensure employees are cross-trained. The agency aims to keep riders well-informed about any service changes or delays.

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Pittsburgh Transit told that Red Line temporary shuttles need ‘more work’

Pittsburgh Union Progress Ed Blazina June 28, 2024
Impressions: N/A Location: District of Columbia, United States (Province)

Pittsburgh Regional Transit’s temporary shuttle service during track work on its Red Line has gotten off to a rough start in some areas. Some riders told the board at its monthly mee...

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20 People to Know in Transportation and Infrastructure: Leann Chaney, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

Pittsburgh Business Times Ethan Lott June 26, 2024
Impressions: 426,064 Location: Pittsburgh, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

Leann Chaney, senior active transportation coordinator at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, works with stakeholders looking to advance active ...

Intelligent Summary:

Leann Chaney, a senior active transportation coordinator at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, works with stakeholders to promote biking and walking in the region. She helps local governments achieve their active transportation goals and manages data collection programs. Chaney believes that active transportation is important for public transportation and transportation management strategies. She emphasizes the need to incorporate biking and pedestrian infrastructure into roadway projects and supports the use of innovative design guidelines. Chaney finds fulfillment in knowing that her work contributes to creating safer and more accessible transportation options for people of all ages and abilities. She also mentions the increasing popularity of active transportation, driven by improved infrastructure and emerging technologies like electric bikes and scooters. Chaney recommends the book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs as an influential work in community planning.

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OpenStreetsPGH 2024 continues with second event of the season

WPXI-TV June 30, 2024
Impressions: 1,463,000 Location: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

PITTSBURGH — The second OpenStreetsPGH event of 2024 was held in Pittsburgh on Saturday. People were invited to walk, bike, rollerblade and connect with the community on miles of streets that we...

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Pittsburgh's Hill District plays host to another City in the Streets event

KDKA 2 June 29, 2024
Impressions: 4,649,000 Location: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States (City)

By: KDKA-TV's Chilekasi Adele PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- You may have seen a mix of bikers, vendors, and local officials along part of the Open Streets Pittsburgh route on Saturday. It's ...

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Pittsburgh's Hill District hosted another City in the Streets event as part of the city's initiative to connect with its citizens and address their concerns. Mayor Ed Gainey emphasized the importance of improving the quality of life in the city by creating connectivity beyond downtown. The Thelma Lovette YMCA, located near the event, saw it as an opportunity to engage the community in health and wellness. Bike Pittsburgh aimed to foster a sense of community by transforming the streets into spaces for people and local businesses. The event saw a significant turnout, with over 1,600 people attending last year. The city has planned five City in the Streets events, with the next one scheduled for July 17 in Hazelwood.

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Drivers killed fewer pedestrians in 2023, except in Pennsylvania

The Record-Online July 1, 2024
Impressions: 37,000 Location: United States (Country)

(The Center Square) — Pedestrian deaths are finally starting to drop across America to pre-pandemic levels. Pennsylvania, however, bucked the national trend. Drivers killed 192 pedestrians in...

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Despite a decrease in pedestrian deaths nationwide, Pennsylvania saw an increase in fatalities in 2023. Drivers in the state killed 192 pedestrians, eight more than the previous year and 25% more than in 2019. The rest of the country saw a drop of over 5% compared to 2022 but remained 14% higher than in 2019. Light trucks now surpass cars in pedestrian fatalities, and nighttime deaths have risen significantly. The Governors Highway Safety Administration emphasizes the need for improved infrastructure, vehicle design, lower speeds, and equitable traffic enforcement to address the issue. Pennsylvania is one of 21 states where pedestrian deaths have increased, and efforts are being made to make roads safer. The report also highlights the alarming increase in pedestrian deaths despite a decrease in walking behavior since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Back on Track: Scranton may finally see the return of a passenger rail line to NYC • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

DailyStarNewsToday.com July 2, 2024
Impressions: 7,200 Location: India (Country)

The Erie Lackawanna Railroad’s “Phoebe Snow” passenger train passes the Delaware Water Gap on June 20, 1965. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law cou...

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After more than 50 years, passenger trains may return to run between Scranton and New York City thanks to funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has been a supporter of the rail line for years, while his Republican challenger David McCormick opposes the project. Democrats believe the rail line will have a positive economic impact, alleviate traffic congestion, and attract remote workers to the region. The rail corridor was constructed in 1911 and efforts to restore passenger service have faced economic and political hurdles. If the proposal becomes reality, passengers could travel between the two cities in less than three hours.