2018

Annual Report

A Message from the Governor and Secretary

As the Keystone State, Pennsylvania's transportation network is critical to our quality of life and our economy. As the nation's fifth-largest state-maintained roadway system and the third-largest state-maintained bridge inventory, safety and the ability to travel are critical to our way of life. We are also helping make possible millions of trips via public transportation and other travel options, getting people to work, appointments and more.

While we saw another year of investment through our forces and private-sector partners, 2018 also brought some historic challenges. Record-breaking flooding and significant slide damage not only impacted our finances but also impeded travel in many communities. Our public-private partnership for bridges — which is replacing 558 bridges in largely rural areas on an accelerated schedule — was also impacted by this dramatic weather with schedules and bridge damage.

Despite these significant challenges, last year saw continued progress in our ports, aviation, rail freight, and transit services. Our continued technology and facility investments are helping transit providers become more efficient while better serving customers. Our ports continue to modernize and grow, bringing more jobs and economic opportunity to the state. And our non-highway modes continue to provide critical connections and enhanced safety no matter how goods or people travel.

We also keep Pennsylvanians moving through our driver and vehicle services. Our extraordinary teams ensured we hit key federal project milestones, enabling us to offer REAL ID-compliant driver licenses at the customer's option. Offering REAL IDs to customers who want them in an efficient, convenient manner while complying with federal regulations has been our central focus. Customers can visit any of our 75 driver license centers to apply for REAL ID, and we've added four new centers and upgraded eight existing driver license centers that comply with federal regulations to offer REAL IDs over the counter.

While we are delivering value for Pennsylvanians, we believe strongly in transparency and reporting on our progress. That's why we created two new online resources for the public. You can see monthly updates on how we're working to make our lives and economy better at www.penndot.gov/results. And we have added state and local bridge-condition information to our projects portal at www.projects.penndot.gov.

With these resources and this report, we reaffirm our commitment to the safety of everyone on Pennsylvania's transportation networks. Thank you for your interest in transportation.

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Governor

Tom Wolf

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Secretary of Transportation

Leslie S. Richards

Mission Statement

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Our Vision

A better quality of life built on transportation excellence.

Our Values

Safety — We promote the delivery of a safe work environment and a safe transportation system in our products and services.

Modernization — We consistently evaluate our processes and procedures to encourage innovation and remain competitive.

Customer Service — We are committed to providing the highest level of public service and value to our customers.

Communication — We are committed to effective communication with our customers, employees, and the legislature.

Workforce Development — We value and respect one another while promoting teamwork and workforce development.

Our Mission

To provide a sustainable transportation system and quality services that are embraced by our communities and add value to our customers.

PennDOT's Strategic Themes

Circle divided into six multi-colored segments showing PennDOT's strategic themes.

Sustainable Policy-Based Investments: Invest taxpayer money into smart, environmentally sustainable transportation infrastructure in which community benefits and impacts are sought before dollars are allocated.

Open, Proactive Communications: Maintain proactive, consistent, transparent, and open (two-way) communications with the public, employees, and transportation stakeholders.

Sustainable Infrastructure Investment: Proactively and innovatively manage resources.

Effective Partnerships: Be, at all levels, a consistent resource partner to intra-agency offices, outside partners, stakeholders, and our customers.

Innovative, Smart, and Diverse Organization: Nurture a diverse organization and workforce by encouraging innovative thinking, process improvement, job-specific training, minority opportunities, and sound technology investments.

Safety at All Levels: Sustain the resources to build a safety culture for employees, contractors, and our customers.

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Meet Our Executives*

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*Executives listed are those who served in 2018.

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Secretary of Transportation

Leslie S. Richards

Headshot of Leo Bagley.
Executive Deputy Secretary

Leo Bagley

Headshot of Suzanne Itzko.
Deputy Secretary, Administration

Suzanne Itzko

Headshot of Jennie Granger.
Deputy Secretary, Multimodal Transportation

Jennie Granger

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Deputy Secretary, Highway Administration

George W. McAuley Jr.

Headshot of Kurt Myers.
Deputy Secretary, Driver and Vehicle Services

Kurt J. Myers

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Deputy Secretary, Planning

James D. Ritzman

Financial Information

Motor License Fund Income 2017-18

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Motor License Fund Expenditures 2017-18

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Top Regional Projects 2018

Below are the top projects submitted by each engineering district. A more complete listing of projects can be found at Projects.PennDOT.gov.

State Experiences Historic Flood Damage in 2018

Much of Pennsylvania saw the wettest year on record, resulting in signifcant amounts of flooding and landslides throughout the state. As a result, there is an estimated $125.7 million in flood and significant slide damage to state-maintained roads and bridges in 2018 — the highest cost in any single year in the past 10 years.

Historically, flooding and landslide costs have been accounted for through our maintenance or construction-project process, except for emergencies or other significant events. The nature of flooding and emergencies in 2018 were beyond our typical practices, so we have had more events warranting emergency assistance.

For comparison, damages from Hurricane Irene in August 2011 amounted to less than $19 million, and Tropical Storm Lee later that year caused just under $68 million in damages.

We anticipate recovering some of these costs through the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), and the Federal Highway Administration recently announced it is providing $30 million for the U.S. 30 slide and July and August flooding. But all costs will not be covered, and FEMA funding will not come for a couple of years.

To help prepare for future extreme weather, the department conducted an Extreme Weather Vulnerability Study, which analyzed past PennDOT flooding-related data, traffic volumes, federal and national weather and flooding resources, and more. It also identified roadways susceptible to flooding based on that data.

The study also projected potential future flooding vulnerabilities in Allegheny, Delaware, and Lycoming counties. The completed study was shared with planning partners, PEMA, federal highway officials, and department staff for reference in maintenance and project work, and to complement the data PennDOT already uses in planning future projects. The next phase of the study will identify potential mitigation strategies to use on projects in Allegheny and Delaware counties, made possible with state and federal matching funds

Secretary Richards and Governor Tom Wolf dressed in safety gear survey a fallen road in the background.
U.S. 30, Allegheny County
Landscape shot of collapsed road.
U.S. 30, Allegheny County
Rushing brown water and a large collapsed tree covering a roadway.
Kreutz Creek Road, York County
Two workers looking down at a collapsed road and guiderail.
Route 3032 Slide, Centre County
A large mass of branches clogging the water underneath a bridge.
Route 3003 (Stenton Ave.), Montgomery County
Trash and vegetative debris littered underneath a bridge.
Interstate 81 South, Ravine, Schuylkill County
Trash cans floating in a river covering a roadway with a white house in the background.
Cacoosing Creek, Flooding Fritztown Road, Berks County
A large piece of construction equipment traveling down a muddy ravine.
Route 3032 Slide, Centre County

An estimated $125.7 million in flood and significant slide damage is roughly equal to the cost to resurface 125 miles of two-lane interstate and the highest cost in any single year in the past 10 years.

Highways & Bridges

In 2018, PennDOT preserved and improved 747 state-owned bridges, invested $63 million for roadway patching using nearly 187,000 tons of asphalt, and improved more than 5,800 miles of roadway.

Construction Lettings

With PennDOT directly responsible for approximately 40,000 roadway miles and 25,400 bridges in Pennsylvania, maintaining our transportation network takes strong partnership among the department, federal and local governments, planning partners, the construction industry, and our communities.

In addition to the state's highways and bridges, a robust menu of travel and commerce options such as aviation, transit, and rail facilities are also essential to keeping people and goods moving.

Lettings by Dollars
Lettings by Contracts

Pennsylvania Highway Fatalities & Crashes

Five-Year Average*

1,190

Fatalities in 2018

This is a multi-year statistical review of reportable motor vehicle crashes in Pennsyvlania. A reportable crash is one in which the incident occurs on a highway or traffic way that is open to the public and an injury or a fatality occurs, or at least one of the vehicles involved requires towing from the scene.

* Crash data for 2018 is still being compiled.

Crashes
Fatalities

Online Customer Care Center Statistics

PennDOT unveiled a revamped, online submission system to report concerns on state-owned roads, construction projects, signs or signals, speed limits, or damage to personal property.

In 2018, PennDOT handled more than 56,615 online submissions to its Customer Care Center from the public.

Submit A Concern

New Traffic Signal Funding

78 Traffic Signal Projects

Pennsylvania's Municipal Signal Partnership Program, also known as the "Green Light-Go Program," provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors.

In 2018, the Green Light-Go Program provided funding for 78 traffic signal projects for 66 municipalities throughout Pennsylvania.

Driver & Vehicle Services

In 2018, PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services licensed Pennsylvania's nearly 9 million drivers and 837,000 motorcyclists, while registering nearly 12 million vehicles and close to 400,000 motorcycles.

REAL IDs now available to Pennsylvania residents

Upgrading to a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card is optional

PennDOT has upgraded seven of its existing driver's license centers to allow for over-the counter issuance of REAL IDs, as well as opening five new centers.

Location Name Location Address County
Altoona 1738A 9th Ave., Altoona PA Blair
Bridgeville 1025 Washington Pike, Rt. 50, Bridgeville PA Allegheny
Erie Summit Towne Center, 7200 Peach St., Erie Erie
King of Prussia 143 S. Gulph Road, King of Prussia Montgomery
Lancaster East 2090 Lincoln Highway East., Lancaster Lancaster
Norristown 1700 Markley St., Norristown Montgomery
Rockview 812 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap Centre
South 70th St. 2904 South 70th St., Philadelphia Philadelphia
Summerdale 429 North Enola Road, Enola Cumberland
Whitehall 1101 MacArthur Road, Allentown Lehigh
Wilkes-Barre 1085 Hanover St., Wilkes-Barre PA Luzerne
Williamsport 1782 E. 3rd St., Williamsport PA Lycoming

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is proud to announce that optional REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and photo ID cards are now available for Pennsylvania residents who want one.

A federally-accepted form of identification (whether it's a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver's license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door on and after Oct. 1, 2020. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID and PennDOT will cotinue to offer standard-issue driver's licenses and photo IDs.

Federal REAL ID regulations require that PennDOT verify a customer's identity, social security number, Pennsylvania residency, and name changes (if applicable), even if a customer already has a PA driver's license or ID card.

Customers have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product:

  • Order their REAL ID online if they have been pre-verified;
  • Visit any PennDOT Driver's License Center, have their documents verified and imaged, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days; or
  • Visit one of 12 REAL ID Centers and received their REAL ID product over-the-counter at the time of service.

When a customer gets their first REAL ID product, they will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver's license or a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their exisiting non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license. This expiration date structure means that the customer wont' "lose" time that they've already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

REAL ID-compliant products are marked with a gold star in the upper right corner, standard-issue (non-compliant) products include the phrase "Not for REAL ID Purposes," per federal regulations.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.

Driver and Vehicle Services Statistics

PennDOT Driver License Centers are operated by PennDOT employees and offer driver license services.

PennDOT's standalone Photo Centers are located throughout Pennsylvania. When you receive a camera card, which is an invitation to our photo license, identification card process, you must appear at a photo center to obtain a photo for your driver's license or identification card.

PennDOT partners with private businesses to provide customers with face-to-face, over-the-counter services. Online indicates that these business partners have a secure, electronic connection to PennDOT and can issue a variety of products on-the-spot. These businesses charge a market-driven dee for their services in addition to applicable PennDOT fees.

8.9

Million Licensed Drivers

8.9

Million Licensed Drivers

12

Million Registered Vehicles

12

Million Registered Vehicles

3,077

Special Fund License Plates Sold

3,077

Special Fund License Plates Sold

18,283

Personal License Plates Sold

18,283

Personal License Plates Sold

4+

Million People Assisted by the DVS Call Center

4+

Million People Assisted by the DVS Call Center

10.3+

Million Online Transactions

10.3+

Million Online Transactions

835,787

Licensed Motorcyclists

835,787

Licensed Motorcyclists

378,668

Registered Motorcycles

378,668

Registered Motorcycles

8,696

Participants in the Safety Course

8,696

Participants in the Safety Course

16,246

PA Motorcycle License App Downloads

16,246

PA Motorcycle License App Downloads

281,957

PA Driver License App Downloads

281,957

PA Driver License App Downloads

Multimodal

The department supports non-highway modes such as public transportation, bicycling, walking, aviation, rail freight, and ports. This includes investments in and support for more than 397 million fixed-route bus trips, the state's 63 operating railroads and 5,600 miles of track, 127 licensed public airports, and more.

Designation of U.S. Bicycle Routes 30 and 36

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Mansion House Bridge over the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe, Pa.

U.S. Bicycle Route 30 extends 46 miles along the shore of Lake Erie, from Ohio to New York, and is locally known as BicyclePA Route Z. Cyclists using USBR 30 will ride along the nationally designated Seaway Trail Scenic Byway and enjoy sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, ecological diversity, and the 3,200-acre National Landmark Presque Isle State Park, which is ranked as the No. 1 Freshwater Beach in North America.

U.S. Bicycle Route 36 extends 398 miles across the center of Pennsylvania, from Ohio to New York and is locally known as Bicycle PA Route Y. USBR 36 follows much of U.S. Route 6, which was one of the first highways used to move natural resources, people, and products across the country. As such, the route showcases U.S. industrial history, including the first underground mine, the first steam locomotive, and the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes. cyclists along USBR 36 will also experience the Allegheny National Forest, Lake Erie, and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

Public Transportation

There are 277 transit vehicles powered by alternative fuels in operation at Pennsyvlania transit agencies.

In 2018, 311 transit vehicles were replaced throughout Pennsylvania with the help of state funding.

Ports and Waterways

Container lifts and containers at the Port of Philadelphia due to PA Intermodal Cargo Growth Incentive Program:

  • Fiscal Year 2017-18 Added Container Lifts — 32,882
  • Total Lifts increased since 2015 (through FY 2017-18) — 128,285
Keystone Corridor

Keystone Corridor passenger trips:

  • Keystone — 1,497,904
  • Pennsylvanian — 215,607
  • Total — 1,713,511

Visit CommuteByRail.com for more information.

Aviation

73 aviation projects awarded $15.2 million in funding (FY 2017-18)

Rail Freight

Rail freight projects were also a priority in 2018 including the following:

  • 26 rail freight projects approved in FY 2017-18
  • 4 Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) projects completed in Calendar Year 2018, improving or adding approximately 31.5 miles of track
  • 15 Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP) projects completed in CY 2018, improving or adding 12 miles of track
Helping Seniors Daily

In Fiscal Year 2017-18, there were 33.7 million fixed-route bus trips for seniors and 3.5 million reduced fare shared-ride trips for seniors.

Innovations

The State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) unveiled its STIC Moving Forward strategic plan in 2018, aimed at rightsizing the STIC structure and providing more participation opportunities for PennDOT employees and its tranportation partners to develop and deploy well-researched, proven, and documented innovations across Pennsylvania. The plan also established a process-driven management structure within the STIC to ensure consistent innovation development practices to facilitate the timely movement of more innovations to deployment in Pennstylvania. Under the STIC Moving Forward plan, six new innovations were submitted and are currently being developed for possible statewide deployment.

The STIC also supports and promotes Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Every Day Counts innovations, such as Accelerated Bridge Construction, Roundabouts, Warm Mix Asphalt, and High Friction Surface Treatment.

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Accelerated Bridge Construction

Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) continues to help PennDOT build better bridges faster and more cost efficiently. ABC methods are being used in a variety of projects across the state.

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Roundabouts

PennDOT is changing the way it views intersections, trending away from stop-controlled intersections that contribute to motorist delay and unnecessary vehicle idling.

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Warm Mix Asphalt

Warm mix asphalt allows hot mix producers to mix pavement materials up to 120 degrees cooler than traditional mixing at an asphalt plant, providing environmental and performance improvements.

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High Friction Surface Treatment

Drivers may think a little rain is no big deal, but wet roads can dangerously decrease vehicle-to-surface friction, causing braking, steering and accelerating to become hazardous.

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Continuous Process Improvement

Through quality and process improvement initiatives, PennDOT's focus on developing innovative and smart approaches to business remains an important focus.

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IdeaLink 20/20

IdeaLink 20/20 is an online suggestion system for PennDOT employees to submit new ideas that could benefit the agency in cost savings, morale, efficiency, and more.

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Safety Days

Thirteen Pennsylvania Welcome Centers hosted the first-ever PennDOT SafetyDays in 2018 to promote safe driving in Pennsylvania.

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Innovations Challenge

PennDOT launched its first-ever Innovations Challenge during the 2017-18 school year.

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How to Reach Us

PennDOT's 11 Engineering Districts throughout the state maintain, restore, and expand the state's highway systems. Each office does its part to deliver a safe and efficient transportation system on the nearly 40,000 miles of highway and rougly 25,400 bridges that PennDOT is reponsible for. More information about PennDOT's operations and the state highway system is available in PennDOT's Fact Book (PDF).

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