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Performance Results

August 2022

Check out PennDOT's 2021 Annual Report.

Delivering Results that Improve Your Mobility and Quality of Life

PennDOT oversees programs and policies affecting highways, urban and rural public transportation, airports, railroads, ports, and waterways. More than three-quarters of PennDOT's annual budget is invested in Pennsylvania's approximately 120,000 miles of state and local highways and 32,000 state and local bridges. PennDOT is directly responsible for nearly 40,000 miles of highway and roughly 25,000 bridges, a system first established in 1911.

A comprehensive summary of accomplishments and funding usage in 2021 can be found in our 2021 Annual Report.

172

Construction Contracts Completed By Private-Sector Partners *

1,576

Projects +

$7.9

Billion in Projects +

1,966

Miles in Roadway Improved *

+ Underway or expected to start or go out for bid this year | * From January 2022 Through July 2022

Across the state, 1,576 projects are underway or expected to start or go out for bid this year, with a total value of $7.9 billion. More information on project funding can be found on our Transportation Funding page.

So far in 2022, 172 construction contracts for highway, bridge, and other improvement projects were completed statewide through PennDOT's private-sector partners. 351 bridges were let to be repaired, replaced, or preserved by PennDOT or industry forces through July 2022. 1,966 miles of roadway were improved by department or partner crews through July 2022. This includes 712 miles of paving.

PennDOT has put out 2,088 bridge projects and 4,567 projects for roadway and other improvement projects worth approximately $17.6 billion since January 2015. See projects happening or planned near you at PennDOT's Project Website.

The number of state-owned bridges in poor condition has decreased from a high of 6,034 in 2008 to roughly 2,400. See the condition of bridges near you on our Bridge Conditions Map.

2021 In Review

465 bridges were repaired, replaced, or preserved by PennDOT or industry forces in 2021. 5,637 miles of roadway were improved by department or partner crews in 2021. This includes 1,563 miles of paving.

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.

Featured Projects

SR 64/SR 550 Intersection

District 2

Cost: $3.7 million

County: Centre

North George Street Improvements

District 8

Cost: $12.4 million

County: York

Route 3011 Improvements

District 9

Cost: $4.1 million

County: Cambria

Multimodal

2021 PennDOT Highlights

141 Million Fixed-Route Bus Trips

65 Operating Railroads

5,600 Miles of Railroad Tracks

121 Licensed Public Airports

Three women wearing cloth face masks sit in a bus.

17.7 million

Fixed Bus Trips for Seniors

A man assists a woman in a wheelchair getting on a bus.

1.6 Million

Senior Shared-Ride Program Trips

In 2021, PennDOT advanced several Active Transportation Plan priorities to improve opportunities for walking and biking through coordination efforts with planning regions across the state.

The department completed a rewrite of the Bicycle Design Chapter of Pub 13 - Design Manual 2 (PDF).

The chapter broadly modernizes and expands design guidance for on-road bicycle facilities.

PennDOT released a new policy on Trails in Limited Access Right-of-Way (PDF) that allows local governments to propose potential trail alignments within PennDOT's limited access right-of-way.

Department staff continue outreach to all partners on the Active Transportation Plan as part of educational awareness and to emphasize the importance of the PennDOT Connects process to identify and support local planning needs.

PennDOT continues to coordinate with other state agencies to fund local planning efforts, improve trail facilities, and educate local communities on the value of active transportation.

Governor Tom Wolf speaks at a podium with a Pittsburgh bridge in the background.

Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation Jennie Louwerse were joined by Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Amit Bose, Norfolk Southern (NS) Regional Vice President Rudy Husband and local officials announced that the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) passed in 2021 has paved the way for movement toward improved freight and passenger-rail service between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

Due to the BIL's passenger-rail investments, PennDOT and NS will now collaborate on the operating agreement and finalize the improvements required to increase passenger-rail service on the NS-owned corridor west of Harrisburg. The engineering and construction will stem from a NS operational feasibility study identifying improvements required to eliminate eight chokepoints and to allow freight and passenger trains to operate without conflicting with each other.

The improvements can begin when PennDOT and NS finalize an operating agreement including the project scope, how freight and passenger operations will both safely use the corridor, compensation for the use of NS's assets, and adequate liability protection. PennDOT will fund the agreement by redirecting state Multimodal Transportation Fund dollars because part of the BIL's funding is intended to replace train sets on the Amtrak passenger-rail network. PennDOT had been setting aside funding to meet requirements from a 2008 federal law which would have required approximately $350 million from Pennsylvania toward train set costs.

As of January 2022 there are 567 transit vehicles powered by alternative fuels in operation at Pennsylvania transit agencies. In 2021, 330 transit vehicles were replaced throughout Pennsylvania with the help of state funding.

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

  • 37,030 Added Container Lifts (FY 20-21)
  • 215,828 Total Lifts Increased Since 2015 (FY 20-21)

Keystone corridor passenger trips:

  • Keystone: 295,467 (FY 20-21)
  • Pennsylvanian: 107,271 (FY 20-21)
  • Total: 402,738 (FY 20-21)
  • 110 aviation grants awards (FY 20-21)
  • $34.6 million in grant funding (FY 20-21)
  • 121 public airports/heliports licensed in PA
  • 15 scheduled service airports
  • 15 commercial airports
  • 63 federally sponsored airports
  • 25 Rail Freight Projects (RFAP/RTAP) approved (FY 20-21)
  • 7 Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) projects completed in CY 2021 totaling approximately 23 miles of track improved/added
  • 21 Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP) projects completed in CY 2021 totaling 149 miles of track improved/added
  • 65 operating railroads
  • More than 5,600 miles of track

Driver & Vehicle Services

In 2021, PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services licensed Pennsylvania's nearly 9 million drivers and 810,858 motorcyclists, while registering nearly 12 million vehicles and close to 377,000 motorcycles.

A group of people stand to the left of a large banner that reads Save Lives and promotes the Gift of Life Donor Program.

Many Pennsylvanians have answered the call to become organ donors, helping the Pennsylvania organ donation organizations reach a major milestone this year. Nearly 50 percent of current driver's license and identification card holders are registered organ donors — that's more than five million Pennsylvanians. Currently, more than 7,000 Pennsylvanians await organ transplants. Learn more at Donate Life Pennsylvania.

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

PennDOT's stand-alone 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 a driver's license or an 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 fee for their services in addition to applicable PennDOT fees.

9.1 Million

Licensed Drivers

12.1 Million

Registered Vehicles

3,370

Special Fund License Plates Sold

$71,800

Special Fund License Plates Proceeds

10.3 Million

Online Transaction

26,144

Personal License Plates Sold

25,506

PA Motorcycle License App Downloads

807,444

Licensed Motorcyclists

375,462

Registered Motorcycles

10,193

Participants in the Motorcycle Safety Course

242,503

PA Driver License App Downloads

Financials

Fiscal Year 2020-2021

Photo Credit: Dave Thompson

Revenue Sources 2020-21
Source Amount
State Funding
Motor License Fund: Non-Restricted $2,710,492,000
Motor License Fund: Restricted $1,735,643,000
Motor License Fund: Restricted Aviation $10,564,000
Multimodal Fund $151,900,000
Act 44 Public Transportation Trust Fund $2,045,440,000
Act 26 Pennsylvania Transportation Assistance Fund $241,741,000
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank $42,500,000
Lottery Fund $170,907,000
General Fund $111,367,000
General Fund Bonds $175,000,000
Unconventional Gas Well Fund $1,000,000
Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Fund $100,000
Total State Funding $7,396,654,000
Federal & Other Funding
Federal Funds: Highways $1,771,570,000
Federal Funds: Pass Through $177,790,000
Federal Funds: Public Transportation and Other $301,685,000
Federal & Other: Aviation $109,047,000
Other Funds: Highways $191,222,000
Federal & Other Funds: Rail Freight $0
Total Federal & Other $2,552,314,000
Total Funding $9,947,968,000
Revenue Uses 2020-21
Source Amount
Highway-Related
Highway & Bridge Maintenance $1,640,005,000
Highway & Bridge Improvement $2,639,255,000
Driver & Vehicle Services $273,175,000
Payments to Local Government $844,267,000
PennDOT Facilities $5,000,000
General Government Operations $65,082,000
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank $42,500,000
Refunds & Other $2,550,000
Welcome Centers $3,815,000
Total Highway-Related Uses $5,515,649,000
Multimodal-Related
Aviation $129,611,000
Rail Freight $41,000,000
Mass Transit $2,412,181,000
Rural & Intercity Transit $303,585,000
Free & Shared Ride Transit $170,907,000
Aviation Grants $6,466,000
Rail Freight Grants (EA) $10,775,000
Passenger Rail Grants (EA) $2,155,000
Ports & Waterways Grants (EA) $10,775,000
Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Grants Statewide (EA) $4,317,000
Statewide Program Grants (EA) $40,000,000
Multimodal Administration & Oversight (EA) $4,336,000
Transfer to Commonwealth Financial Authority (EA) $64,164,000
PennPorts Regional Port Authority Debt Service $4,608,000
Total Multimodal Uses $1,223,135,000
Debt Service & Other Agencies
Pennsylvania State Police $703,430,000
General Fund Capital Debt $102,585,000
Pennsylvania Turnpike $159,993,000
Motor License Fund Capital Debt: Highway and Bridges $108,623,000
Other Agencies $139,504,000
Tort Payments $9,000,000
Total Debt Service & Other Agencies $1,223,135,000
Total Revenue Uses $9,947,968,000

All states struggle with how to pay for transportation infrastructure and services. Pennsylvania is especially challenged in this area for two reasons: the age and size of our transportation network, and our outsized reliance on the unsustainable gas tax to pay for it. Due to inflation and fuel efficiency, it is increasingly clear that the gas tax is not sustainable and other options must be explored to provide reliable transportation funding.

Motor License Fund Income 2020-21
Source Amount
Liquid Fuels Tax $3,228,468,000
License & Fees $1,164,189,000
Other $17,855,000
Total State Revenue Utilized $4,410,512,000
Motor License Fund Expenditures 2020-21
Source Amount
Highway Maintenance $1,509,897,000
Highway & Bridge Improvement $968,757,000
State Police $705,530,000
Local Subsidy $584,406,000
Driver & Vehicle Services $221,304,000
Other Department $186,410,000
Turnpike $159,993,000
Other PennDOT $74,215,000
Total State Expenditures $4,410,512,000

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 roughly 25,400 bridges that PennDOT is responsible for.

See or sign up for PennDOT news near you by finding your Regional Office.

More information about PennDOT's operations and the state highway system is available in PennDOT's Fact Book (PDF).

Photo Credit: Dave Thompson

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