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Transportation in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Transport Image Source: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) looks after the entire system of transportation in the state of Pennsylvania. PennDOT is responsible for planning, maintaining and construction of the multi modal transportation system of the state. The department oversees the functioning of the roadways (highways, urban and rural transport), railways, airways and waterways, including ports, in Pennsylvania.

Contact Details:
PENNDOT Central Office
Keystone Building
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 1-800-932-4600
Website: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/

Pennsylvania Infrastructure Key Facts[1]
  • Pennsylvania has 119,846 miles of public roads and 15,615 miles of major roads
  • There are 132 public-use airports in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania has 55 freight railroads covering 5,071 miles across the state
  • Pennsylvania has 260 miles of inland waterways
  • The ports of Pennsylvania handled 70.4 million short tons of cargo in 2012

Road Transportation in Pennsylvania

Road transport in PennsylvaniaImage Source: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/
The PennDOT looks after road transportation services in Pennsylvania. The department ensures efficient administration and management of public transportation services and infrastructure in the state. The department is responsible to improve public transportation and provide safe journey in the state. The road transportation system of Pennsylvania forms the backbone of the state's economy. The extensive system of roads, highways and bridges of Pennsylvania provides high level of mobility to the state’s residents.

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Facts on Highways in Pennsylvania[2]
  • There are 39,843 miles of Penn-owned highways
  • 108 billion vehicle miles travel annually
  • There are 25,000 PennDott-owned
  • Pennsylvania has 121,294 miles of state, interstate and local roads
  • There are around 7,000 locally owned bridges

Pennsylvania Bus Service


The PennDOT supported intercity bus service consists of one national and four regional carriers operating 17 routes. There are 3,371 route miles statewide [3].

Pennsylvania Bicycle

The Bicycle-PA's long distance touring routes combines on road sections with off road paths. It provides cross state and safe access for bicyclists[4]. These routes are:
  • 3 east-west, border to border routes
  • 4 north-south, border to border routes
  • 1 Ohio-to-New-York route through Erie County
  • 1 New Jersey-to-Delaware route through Southeastern Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Service

Riverfront Office Center (Driver and Vehicle Services)
1101 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516
General Information: 1-800-932-4600

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Public transit in Pennsylvania[5]
  • There are 38 transit systems statewide
  • There is nation’s sixth largest transit system in Philadelphia and 21st largest in Pittsburg
  • There are more than 5,500 transit vehicles
  • There are 470 transit related bridges
  • There are 740 fixed guide way miles
  • 427.5 million Transit trips annually

Air Transportation in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania airways
Image Source: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/

The Pennsylvania Department Transportation looks after air transportation in the state. The department provides and promotes reliable and safe air system to the travelers. There are 134 public use airports, 313 private use airports and 290 private use helicopters in the state[6].

Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport
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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the a major airport in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania. Located seven miles from downtown Philadelphia, the Airport consists of seven terminals. Airlines serving the Philadelphia International Airport are Air Canada Express, American Airlines, British Airways, US Airways, US Airways Express, Southwest Airlines, among others.

Contact Details:
Philadelphia International Airport
215-937-6937
TDD: 215-937-6755
contactPHL@phl.org
Website: http://www.phl.org/Pages/HomePage.aspx

Pittsburgh International Airport

Providing world-class facility in the state, the Pittsburgh International Airport is counted among the top airports in surveys relating to customer satisfaction. Each year more than eight million travelers are accommodated in nearly 148,000 aircraft operations. Pittsburgh International Airport is served by 12 commercial air carriers with about 155 non-stop flights to 37 destinations per day. Airlines serving the airport are American Airlines, US Airways, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, JetBlue, Allegiant, Southwest, United Airlines among others.

Contact Details:
Pittsburgh International Airport
Landside Terminal, 4th Floor, Mezz
PO Box 12370, Pittsburgh, PA 15231-0370
Phone: (412) 472-3500
Fax: (412) 472-3636
Email: info@flypittsburgh.com
Website: http://www.pitairport.com/

Erie International Airport

Erie International Airport is another major airport in Pennsylvania. Three major airline carriers connect to three major cities with nonstop flights, connecting over 1,100 different locations serve the Arie International Airport Tom Ridge Field. The airport is served by the airlines such as United Airlines, Delta and US Airways. Charter flights from North East Charter Company are also provided by the Erie International Airport.

Contact Details:
Erie International Airport
Tom Ridge Field
4411 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505-0393
Phone: 814/833-4258
Fax: 814/833-0393
Website: http://www.erieairport.org/

Lehigh Valley International Airport

The Lehigh Valley International Airport provides air transportation needs of the greater Lehigh Valley. Flights serving the Lehigh Valley International Airport include US Airways, Delta, Allegiant Air, United and so on.

Contact Details:
Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority
3311 Airport Road
Allentown, PA 18109-3040
Phone: 610-266-6000
Website: http://www.flylvia.com/

Some major airports in Pennsylvania:

Harrisburg International Airport
One Terminal Drive, Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 888-235-9442

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
100 Terminal Drive
Avoca, PA 18641
Phone: 570-602-2000
Toll Free: 1-877-2-FLYAVP
Fax: 570-602-2010

Lancaster Airport
500 Airport Road, Suite G, Lititz, PA 17543
Phone: 717-569-1221
Fax: 717-569-1952

University Park Airport
2535 Fox Hill Road, State College, PA 16803
Phone: 814-865-5511
Fax: 814-865-5827

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
148 Aviation Lane, Latrobe, PA 15650
Phone: 724.539.8100
Fax: 724.539.2441

Reading Regional Airport
2501 Bernville Road, Reading, PA 19605
Phone: 610.372.4666

Rail Transportation in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Railways
Image Source: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation oversees railway transportation in the state. The department works for the preservation and improvement of rail freight infrastructure in the state. It provides technical and financial assistance to railroads for their uplift. The department promotes economic development through the railfrieght properties and facilitates rail freight integration movement with other transportation means. In Pennsylvania there are 67 railroads, most of any state. There are over 6,000 miles of railroads statewide[7].

Railroad Companies in Pennsylvania

There are a number of Railroad Companies operating in Pennsylvania. Important railroad companies operating in Pennsylvania with names and telephone numbers are listed below.
  • Amtrak: 202-906-4355
    Amtrak Stations in PennsylvaniaImage Source: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/
  • Stewartstown Railroad Company: 717-993-2936
  • Stourbridge Railroad: 570-473-7949
  • Strasburg Railroad Company: 717-687-7522
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA): 215-580-4000
  • York Railway Company: 717-771-1700
  • Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad: 585-346-2090
  • Norfolk Southern Railway Company: 757-629-2600
  • North Shore Railroad Company: 570-473-7949
  • Union Railroad Company: 412-433-7090
  • Union County Industrial Railroad Company: 570-473-7949
  • Oil Creek & Titusville Lines: 716-532-5242
  • Penn Eastern Rail Lines Inc: 215-757-4002
  • McKeesport Connecting Railroad Company (Transtar): 412-433-7090
  • Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad Company: 717-944-4435
  • Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail): 215-209-2000
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Water transportation in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is responsible for the operations of waterway transport in the state. The workings of the ports and waterways are looked after by the department. The PennDOT improves freight and passenger mobility in waterways. It maximizes the benefits of capital investment in waterways. It promotes safety for freight and passengers and improves the efficiency of the water transportation network in the state. The major ports in Pennsylvania include Port of Pittsburgh Commission and Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

Port of Pittsburgh Commission


Port of Pittsburg Comission
Image Source: http://www.port.pittsburgh.pa.us/

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission promotes the commercial use and development of the inland waterway-inter modal transportation system. The Port supports over 200 river terminals and barge industry service suppliers. The CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads and four interstate highways serve the Port complex.

Contact Details:
Port of Pittsburgh Commission
4955 Steubenville Pike
Suite 245A
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone: 412.201.7330
Fax: 412.722.1190
Website: http://www.port.pittsburgh.pa.us/

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

An independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is responsible for the enhancement of water-borne trade and commerce in the region. The authority works with other Delaware River port and City agencies to enhance the regional port system.

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
Image Source: http://www.philaport.com/

Contact Details:
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
3460 N. Delaware Avenue
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Phone: 215-426-2600
Fax: 215-426-6800
Website: http://www.philaport.com/about.htm
References:
  1. Pennsylvania Infrastructure
  2. Pennsylvania Highways
  3. Pennsylvania Bus Service
  4. Pennsylvania Bicycle Service
  5. Public transit in Pennsylvania
  6. Pennsylvania Airways
  7. Pennsylvania Railways
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