Barry Schoch http://wesa.fm en PennDOT Chief: Winter Weather Has Wiped Out Road Maintenance Budget http://wesa.fm/post/penndot-chief-winter-weather-has-wiped-out-road-maintenance-budget <p>The PennDOT secretary says his annual funding allocation for winter road maintenance has been wiped out by the harsh winter weather.<br /><br />Barry Schoch says his agency is already about 11 million dollars over budget for the season.<br /><br />He said frigid temperatures, snow and ice, along with underinvestment in road paving, has led to more and more potholes.<br /> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 25091 at http://wesa.fm Speed Limits Could Increase to 70 MPH on Some PA Highways http://wesa.fm/post/speed-limits-could-increase-70-mph-some-pa-highways <p>The maximum speed limit for certain Pennsylvania roads is going up by 5 miles per hour due to a small change to a big new state law. But the more lenient limits might take a while to arrive. &nbsp;</p><p>Motorists hoping for a faster trip home got their wish when lawmakers increased the maximum speed limit in Pennsylvania from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.&nbsp;The change was included in the $2.3 billion transportation funding bill signed into law last month.</p><p>But PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said don’t expect the higher speed limit to become the new norm.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 22041 at http://wesa.fm State House Leaders Prepare for Possible Transportation Funding Showdown http://wesa.fm/post/state-house-leaders-prepare-possible-transportation-funding-showdown <p>State House leaders are gearing up for a possible showdown on transportation funding as soon as this week.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The Republican Majority Leader has said he would bring the long-stymied funding bill up for a vote in his chamber.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said the governor would sign whatever can pass in the House, provided it doesn&rsquo;t go below a $1.8 billion plan he offered earlier this year.<br /> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 17336 at http://wesa.fm CMU Researchers Unveil Self-Driving Cadillac http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-researchers-unveil-self-driving-cadillac <p>Carnegie Mellon University introduced its 13th generation of driverless vehicle on Wednesday at Pittsburgh International Airport.</p><p>The specially outfitted Cadillac SRX drove itself — with U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch and CMU researchers in tow — from Cranberry Township to the airport.</p><p>Raj Rajkumar directs CMU’s University Transportation Center and co-directs the CMU-General Motors Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab. He calls this latest effort the “holy grail” of autonomous driving.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:10:52 +0000 Liz Reid 15980 at http://wesa.fm CMU Researchers Unveil Self-Driving Cadillac