Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“I was hoping the bridge would be open,” Robert Haehnle said. “I didn’t think I’d be the first car.”
But Haehnle happened to time it just right. He was the first motorist to cross the new Lititz Pike bridge — officially, the Thaddeus Stevens Bridge — when PennDOT opened it to southbound traffic about noon Wednesday.
Haehnle, a retired civil and environmental engineer who lives with his wife in Brethren Village, said he was on his way to Water Street Mission to have lunch with a man he mentors there.
He goes into Lancaster fairly regularly, so the construction has been a bother, he said. The congestion led to his being hit in a fender-bender about a month and a half ago.
English: 30th Street Station In Philadelphia. Roughly speaking, the center of commuting in Philly, the former center of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Philly’s main Amtrak station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For the third time in 18 months, Amtrak recently increased its monthly fares for commuters.
The 2 percent increase imposed in June adds $3.28 to the cost of a monthly pass between Lancaster and Harrisburg. With the increase, the cost of that pass is now $164.
Amtrak and the state Transportation Department — Amtrak’s partner in the Keystone line — hope to build more leisure travel on the 104-mile line between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Toby Fauver, deputy secretary for local and area transportation, said.
United States Postal Service mail processing facilities in Altoona, Erie, Greensburg, Lancaster, New Castle, Reading, Scranton, Washington and Williamsport, as well as the Southeastern operation are slated to close.
The life of most rock-‘n’-roll nightclubs is short. Few survive, even fewer thrive and become places of real import. In his new documentary “The Chameleon Club,” filmmaker Allen Clements, who first got to know the 27-year-old club as a performer on its stage just a few years ago, tries to find out why Lancaster’s famed concert venue has been among the lucky few.
Through interviews, newspaper clippings, fliers and well-sourced archival footage and animation, Clements covers the venue’s entire history in less than an hour, a length that undoubtedly leaves many favorite stories untold, but makes for a well-paced story that doesn’t get bogged down in minutia.
Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties will be participating in a PennDOT sponsored mass transit study aimed at making regional mass transit better. The study will look at Capital Area Transit, Red Rose Transit, redrabbit and Lebanon Transit see how these four systems can best work together to benefit the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York metropolitan areas. The goal is to enhance service while making all four transit systems more cost-effective.
Last week’s massive flooding in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has left 13 people dead. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) listed 13 possible storm-related deaths on Sunday in the following counties:
3 Lancaster, 2 Bradford, 2 Dauphin, 2 Lebanon, 1 Chester, 1 Luzerne, 1 Philadelphia and 1 York.
Flood waters have claims five lives in the midstate and two people are missing. Dauphin, York, Lancaster and Lebanon counties all reported deaths related to flooding.
Front Street in Harrisburg has flooded. The Shipoke section of Harrisburg was evacuated along with the Governor’s Mansion. Several blocks in Midtown had power shut off to force residents to evacuate. An 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew has been issued by the mayor’s office.
The Susquehanna River at Harrisburg is predicted to crest at 26.5 feet at around 8 p.m. this evening.
The 717 area code is running out of numbers. Area code 717 was split in 1998. The northern counties, formerly in 717, became 570. Now it seems the 717 area code is back to square one.
Population growth in South Central Pennsylvania is creating a need for more phone numbers. York County is projecting a 12.4% increase over the 2000 census. Lancaster County will also show an increase of about 7%. Other “717” counties are growing as well.
Two options are being considered. 1. An overlay like 610 & 484 or 2. creating another entirely new area code. 73% of York County business owners who responded to a survey said they preferred the overlay option. Either option costs businesses money.
The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings to get public opinion on how to proceed.