Transportation & Infrastructure

U.S. Steel: Fetterman, Casey criticize the company’s proposed $14B sale to Nippon Steel

BY: - December 18, 2023

The 122-year-old company said it would keep its headquarters in Downtown Pittsburgh, but Democrats said they would fight the sale.

Pa. House panel revisits utility privatization law as consumers face soaring water and sewer bills

BY: - December 12, 2023

Water and sewer bills for thousands of Pennsylvania consumers have soared by triple digits since a 2016 law changed the way municipal utilities are valued when for-profit companies buy them, a state House panel heard Tuesday. The law allows municipal water and sewer utilities to negotiate with for-profit utilities for the fair market value rather […]

Biden presents $22.4 million in federal funding to Philadelphia Fire Department

BY: - December 11, 2023

The funding will be used to reopen several fire companies that were decommissioned, including Ladder 1 in the city's Fairmount neighborhood.

Electric vehicles sales are expected to surge over the next 10 years and legislators around the country are debating who should build the electric charging stations that will be needed — electric utilities or private businesses? The 10-port charging station at JFK airport in New York is part of a joint initiative by the New York Power Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Pennsylvania House considers road use fee for EV owners

BY: - December 11, 2023

At issue is whether the $290 road user fee for electric vehicle proposed by the state Senate is too high.

Pa. to receive grant funding for development of wildlife corridors

BY: - December 7, 2023

The grant funding was announced Tuesday and is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which allocated $350 million for wildlife crossing and related projects over five years.

Casey, Fetterman announce $144M grant to expand Amtrak’s Philadelphia to Pittsburgh service

BY: - December 6, 2023

The Pennsylvanian carried about 212,000 passengers in 2019 before ridership dropped sharply during the pandemic. In 2022, the Pennsylvanian carried about 176,000 passengers. PennDOT did not say when the expanded service would begin.

View of an Amtrak train (Capital-Star photo by Patrick Abdalla).

Federal designation could finally bring back passenger rail between Scranton and NYC

BY: - December 5, 2023

U.S. Sen Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8th District) announced that reestablishing direct passenger rail between Scranton and New York City moved one step closer on Tuesday, as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is including Northeastern Pennsylvania in its Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Program. The Corridor ID Program was established […]

Deluzio highlights child care center at Pittsburgh International Airport as a model

BY: - December 2, 2023

A poll released in July  showed that 74 percent of voters think federal funding for childcare and early learning programs should be increased. That includes 61 percent of Republican voters and 86 percent of Democratic voters.

Casey, Fetterman, Deluzio call for DOJ investigation into cyberattack on Aliquippa Water Authority

BY: - November 30, 2023

The lawmakers cautioned in the joint letter that an attack in western Pennsylvania demonstratesbc it can happen elsewhere in the United States.

A year after devastating winter storm, power plant problems ‘still likely’ in extreme weather 

BY: - November 28, 2023

As the anniversary approaches of Winter Storm Elliott, a pair of reports released earlier this month reveal how much worse the situation almost became and the continued vulnerability of the U.S. energy grid to frigid weather.

PennDOT paving crews (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania photo)

PennDOT may pursue disqualification of contractor in wage theft case, Pa. Supreme Court rules

BY: - November 27, 2023

The state Supreme Court rejected PennDOT contractor G.O. Hawbaker's claims that the agency lacks authority to stop it from bidding on road projects.

Are rents rising in your Philly neighborhood? Don’t blame the baristas.

BY: - November 26, 2023

The appearance of specialty coffee shops and baristas signifies that a neighborhood is becoming trendy and more expensive. So what do baristas think?