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Visit our website to learn about PennDOT's history

November 10, 2020 10:00 AM
By: Allison Beck

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​At PennDOT, we're always looking for innovative solutions to improve transportation across the state. Despite this forward-thinking mindset, we realize that looking at the past can sometimes inform solutions to modern challenges.

As part of Act 120, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was created on July 1, 1970. To honor PennDOT's 50-year anniversary, we created a timeline of events to highlight some of our most important milestones over the years.

From the early 1900's through 2020, Pennsylvania's transportation industry has gone through changes that inform how we do business today...

Did you know that the Rural Roads Program of the 1930's had a significant impact on Pennsylvania's economy? Or that our Medical Re-Examination Program for drivers 45 and older began in 1960?

In more recent history, public transportation in Pennsylvania received its own dedicated funding source in 2007. Our state's first Active Transportation Plan was completed just last year, outlining a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania.

See the full timeline at to learn more about our history. We'll be adding future milestones to our website as we continue to improve Pennsylvania's transportation operations in the coming years.

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