Senate Transportation Committee Holding Public Hearing on Improving Pennsylvania’s Major Bridges

JOHNSTOWN – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr., (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, will hold a public hearing tomorrow to collect testimony on Act 84 of 2022 and improving Pennsylvania’s major bridges.

Who:  Senate Transportation Committee and Senate Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr.

What:  Public hearing on Act 84 of 2022 and improving Pennsylvania’s major bridges, specifically how the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will deliver nine major bridges without toll revenue.

When: Wednesday, August 24, at 1 p.m.

Where:  Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, 112 Washington Place, 4th Floor, South Room, Pittsburgh, PA.  Livestream will also be available on https://www.pasenategop.com/ and facebook.com/PASenateGOP.

The event is open to the public and media.

 

CONTACT:

Nolan Ritchie (Sen. Langerholc)

Public Hearing on Act 84 and improving Pennsylvania’s major bridges

Senate Transportation Committee
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.

Southwestern PA Commission
112 Washington Place, 4th Floor, South Room
Pittsburgh, PA


Agenda

“Act 84 of 2022 and Improving Pennsylvania’s Major Bridges”

Schedule

1:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Housekeeping
  • Committee Member Introductions
  • Swearing-in of Testifiers

1:05 p.m. Roundtable Panel

  • Larry Shifflet, Deputy Secretary for Planning, PA Department of Transportation – Testimony
  • Robert Latham, Executive Vice President, Associated PA Constructors, and George Mezey, Vice President, Trumbull Corporation – Testimony
  • Roseline Bougher Testimony, President, A.D. Marble & Co., and Gary Graham, P.E., Regional Chief Engineer, McMahon Associates, American Council of Engineering Companies-PA – Testimony

2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Supplemental TestimonyCDR Maguire Engineering

Langerholc Reaches Compromise to End Bridge Tolling

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously passed legislation today led by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, to stop the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) from imposing new tolls on existing bridges with a Public-Private Transportation Partnership (P3).

“Bipartisan compromise was reached on my Senate Bill 382 to save over 550,000 daily motorists from paying a new toll on major bridges that drive local economies,” said Langerholc. “As elected leaders, our duty to this Commonwealth will require tremendous action to preserve our freeways for future generations.”

Langerholc was appointed chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee in January 2021, and the committee’s first public hearing was on PennDOT’s P3 bridge tolling initiative. In February 2021, Langerholc introduced Senate Bill 382 to reform the P3 statute and end PennDOT’s P3 bridge tolling initiative. Following the Senate’s passage of the bill in April 2021, Langerholc unveiled the DRIVE SMART Act in June 2021 to reform and invest in the Commonwealth’s transportation system. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 382 in November 2021 and returned it to the Senate for concurrence.

Senate Bill 382, as amended, is agreed-to with Gov. Wolf, who previously intended to veto the bill. Following extensive negotiations, this legislation now includes the following:

  • Increases transparency by requiring PennDOT to publish a detailed analysis and requiring PennDOT to distribute a copy of the P3 Board’s resolution.
  • Incorporates public comments by creating a new 30-day public comment period prior to the P3 Board’s voting meeting.
  • Creates a checks-and-balance by reducing the scope of PennDOT’s power to optional user fees for new infrastructure and ensuring the General Assembly has more time to assess any transportation projects passed by the P3 Board.
  • Rescinds the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge P3 Initiative and limits the scope to the nine candidate bridges (instead of any major bridge in the State) without user fees.
  • Saves taxpayer dollars by allowing PennDOT to preserve the preliminary designs and engineering plans for the nine candidate bridges. 

“I had serious concerns with PennDOT’s authority to essentially tax and appropriate funds without additional oversight from the General Assembly,” said Langerholc. “At a time when the price of gas is hitting historic records under the Biden Administration, we had to stop PennDOT from adding more costs on Pennsylvania’s hardworking families.”

The compromise to the bill was reached following the Commonwealth Court’s two rulings against PennDOT’s oppressive overreach. The last order issued by the Commonwealth Court on June 30, 2022, voided the entire Major Bridge P3 Initiative.

Video: Sen. Langerholc speaks on Senate Bill 382.

 

Contact:

Nolan Ritchie, 717-787-5400

 

Meeting to consider SB167, SB 1123, SB 1249, SB1299, HB 140, HB 1486, HB 2526

Senate Transportation Committee

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


AGENDA

Meeting to consider SB167, SB 1123, SB 1249, SB1299, HB 140, HB 1486, HB 2526

Langerholc Issues Statement on Increased Passenger Rail Service in Western Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, issued a statement today regarding the historic agreement to commence passenger rail improvements:

“Today’s agreement moves us one step closer to increased passenger service. This has been a top legislative priority of mine since being elected to the Senate and is the culmination of broad bipartisan work across many levels. The agreement will provide for the construction of upgraded rail lines, passenger platforms and other critical improvements. I look forward to the day in the very near future when Western Pennsylvanians will have additional trains.”

Today’s statement is in addition to Sen. Langerholc’s statement circulated on February 18, 2022, when he attended a press conference announcing the initial plans.

 

Contact: Nolan Ritchie

 

**Media Advisory** Senators Speaking at Rally to Oppose Bridge Tolling

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HARRISBURG – Several Pennsylvania senators will be joining members of the No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition, an organization against the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) initiative, to voice opposition to the Wolf administration’s plan to toll interstate bridges in Pennsylvania, starting with the following nine bridges:

PennDOT’s plan proposes tolling to pay for bridge projects and has received an overwhelming amount of disapproval, including members of the General Assembly, other elected officials and Pennsylvania residents. The Commonwealth Court has temporarily halted PennDOT’s entire bridge tolling plan with a preliminary injunction.

Who: Sens. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Scott Hutchinson (R-21) and Devlin Robinson (R-37), as well as the No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition members and additional state and local elected officials.

What: No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition Harrisburg rally.

When: Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m.

Where: Front steps of the Capitol Complex, 501 N Third St. Livestream will also be available on https://www.pasenategop.com/ and facebook.com/PASenateGOP.

The event is open to the public and media.

 

Contact: Nolan Ritchie (Sen. Langerholc)

Meeting to consider SB 1093, SB 1171, SB 1183, SB 1199 and HB 773

Senate Transportation Committee

Wednesday, May 25th | 10 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1093, SB 1171, SB 1183, SB 1199 and HB 773

Schedule

  • S.B. 1093 – Gebhard – Modernizes the Outdoor Advertising Control Act of 1971 to authorize energy efficient lighting on outdoor advertising signs.
    • A04223 – Langerholc – Clarifies structural changes to install energy efficient lighting.
  • S.B. 1171 – Hutchinson and Boscola – Authorizes a minimum number of axles to haul pulpwood or wood chips.
  • S.B. 1183 – Browne – Prohibits the operation of dirt bikes on highways within third class cities and boroughs, including the forfeiture of dirt bikes following a conviction.
    • A#### – Flynn – Removes the requirement to destroy property following forfeiture.
  • S.B. 1199 – Robinson – Updates the composition of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.
  • H.B. 773 – Quinn – Establishes “Deana’s Law” and increases penalties for repeat DUI offenders.

Public hearing on “Safety and Sustainability of Public Transportation in Pennsylvania”

Senate Transportation Committee

Monday, May 9th | 1:30 p.m.

SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia

Agenda

Public hearing on “Safety and Sustainability of Public Transportation in Pennsylvania”

Schedule

1:30 p.m.  Welcoming Remarks

  • Housekeeping
  • Committee Member Introductions
  • Swearing-in of Testifiers

  1:35 p.m.  Panel 1

  •  Leslie Richards, CEO & General Manager, SEPTA – Testimony
  •  Thomas Nestel, Police Chief, SEPTA Transit Police
  •  Jennie Louwerse, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, PennDOT – Testimony

2:15 p.m.  Panel 2

  • Paul Levy, President & CEO, Center City District – Testimony
  • Yasha Zarrinkelk, Advocacy Director & Coalition Manager, Transit Forward Philadelphia – Testimony

 2:30 p.m.  Panel 3

  •  Brian Pollitt, President, Transport Workers Union Local 234 (Zoom) – Testimony
  •  Omari Bervine, President & CEO, and Troy Parham, Vice President, Fraternal Order of Transit Police (Zoom) –Testimony

 3:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Meeting to consider SB 145, SB 1094, SB 1186

Senate Transportation Committee

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 10 a.m.

Room 461, Main Capitol Building


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 145, SB 1094, SB 1186

Schedule

S.B. 145 Brooks Exempts municipal trucks from PennDOT’s bonding of restricted highways, allows an employee of a political subdivision to operate a snowplow truck without a Commercial Driver’s License, creates a permanent program for Letters of Local Determination (LoLD) to haul timber, and modifies how to haul a dozer.
A03855 Langerholc Creates a gut-and-replace amendment to exempt municipal trucks from PennDOT’s bonded highways, except bridges, and extends the sunset date to December 31, 2028, for LoLD.  The remaining provisions were enacted in the 2019-20 Session.
S.B. 1094 Gebhard Modernizes the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.
S.B. 1186 Gordner and Saval Allocates a portion of the USA Semiquincentennial Plate to the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission for activities.

 

Public hearing on HB 140

Senate Transportation Committee

Monday, April 4, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Room 8 E-B, East Wing, Main Capitol Building


Agenda

Public Hearing on “House Bill 140 (Maloney) – Protected Bike Lanes and Pedestrian Plazas”

Schedule

11:00 a.m.       Welcoming Remarks

  • Housekeeping
  • Committee Member Introductions
  • Swearing-in of Testifiers

11:05 a.m.       Panel 1

  • Sarah Clark Stuart, Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and Chair of the Governor’s Pedalcycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PPAC) – Testimony
  • Nicholas Ross, Municipal Traffic Engineer, City of Pittsburgh – Testimony
  • Josh Krug, Deputy Director of Planning, Indiana County – Testimony
  • William (Bill) Hoffman, Certified Bicycle Instructor and PPAC Member – Testimony

11:40 a.m.       Panel 2

  • Jennie Louwerse, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, PA Department of Transportation – Testimony

11:55 a.m.       Closing Remarks

 

Supplemental Testimony:

Center City District TMA – Testimony

City of Philadelphia – Testimony

Coalition of 34 Organizations Support HB 140 – Testimony

Families for Safe Streets – Testimony

Family of Susan Hicks – Testimony 

Greater Valley Forge TMA – Testimony

League of American Bicyclists – Testimony

PA Environmental Council – Testimony

Pedacycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Testimony

Philadelphia Parking Authority – Testimony

TMA of Bucks County – Testimony

TMA of Chester County – Testimony