Transportation Revenue Options Commission. Late last week, Governor Wolf issued an executive order creating the Transportation Revenue Options Commission. This commission is charged with developing a “comprehensive list of potential revenue sources for current and future transportation projects.” In the governor’s press release announcing the commission he indicated that Pennsylvania needs to phase out the state’s gas tax and develop alternative models to fund the state’s transportation projects. The exact executive order can be found here.

APC’s Executive Vice President Bob Latham as well as APC members Mike Glezer of Wagman, Brock Myers of Alan Myers, and Andrew Swank of Swank Construction were among those selected to join the Commission. APC issued a statement following these appointments and that can be viewed here.

The commission has until August 1 to issue its final report.

Senate Transportation Committee passes bill to stop P3 bridge tolling proposal. The Senate Transportation Committee passed Senate Bill 382, sponsored by Committee Chairman Wayne Langerholc, which will reform the Public-Private Transportation Partnership (P3) statute and require the recent PennDOT P3 Interstate Bridge Tolling Plan to be resubmitted to the P3 Commission for reevaluation under the new provisions of the bill. The measure now goes before the full Senate for its consideration.

APC to testify before House Transportation Committee. APC’s Executive Vice President Bob Latham will appear before the House Transportation Committee Chairman next week as they convene a public hearing on the Major Bridge P3 Initiative. The hearing will also feature testimony from PennDOT, the American Council of Engineering Companies- PA Chapter, and the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association. The hearing will take place on March 24.

In other news….

  • The state capitol building is set to reopen on March 22 as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
  • Additional Special Elections have been set in conjunction with the May 18 Primary for the 22nd Senate District in Lackawanna County (Sen. John Blake resigned) and now in the 60th House District in Armstrong County (Rep. Jeff Pyle resigned).