PennDOT’s New Traffic Light: The Flashing Yellow Arrow

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This new traffic light is causing some major buzz with drivers.  In April 2016, PennDOT announced that they will slowly replace all of the five-section signals (pictured above) in Pennsylvania with the new Flashing Yellow Arrow (also pictured above).

flashing-yellow-arrowThe Flashing Yellow Arrow will be in between the Yellow Arrow and Green Arrow on a Left Turn Signal at an intersection.  In comparison to the Solid Yellow Arrow, which alerts drivers that are turning left to prepare to stop, the Flashing Yellow Arrow tells drivers turning left that they can turn left, but should yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Does it sound redundant? Maybe, but states (including Florida, Oregon and Minnesota) who have these see as much as a 20% reduction in left turn crashes after installing them.  They also improve efficiency by offering motorists more opportunities to make left turns.

Chester County is expected to have it’s first Flashing Yellow Arrow in the next two weeks at the Route 52 and Pocopson Road intersection.  We will announce more installations of the signals as they are announced.

For more information on the Flashing Yellow Arrow, visit PennDOT’s Traffic Signal Portal.

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TMACC Welcomes Workspace Property Trust to Members

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Workspace Property Trust to our list of members!

Workspace Property Trust (WPT) is a privately held, full-service commercial real estate company specializing in the development, management, and operation of office and flex space in large metropolitan suburbs in six U.S. markets including Malvern, Exton, Wayne and Horsham in Philadelphia.

As part of their goals, WPT aims to provide their tenants with full-service, socially-responsible, and environmentally conscious office spaces, which is why WPT struck up a partnership with us.

“TMACC is an aggregate of transportation resources, information and insight,” said Tony Nichols, WPT Senior Vice President. “Partnering with them will improve Workspace Property Trust’s communications with our tenants and expand on our environmental efforts in office spaces.”

In 2016, WPT acquired 108 office and flex buildings, plus 26.7 acres of land in PA, MN, FL and AZ in a $969 million-dollar deal with Liberty Property Trust. This deal added to their preexisting 2.3 million square-feet, 41 building, portfolio in Horsham, PA; bringing their total to 149 buildings and 10 million square-feet of office and office-flex properties throughout the United States. The acquisition has put them at the forefront of suburban commercial real estate and positioned the company as a leading suburban landlord.

WPT joins a group of members comprised of over 120 corporations, universities, townships, elected officials and governmental agencies that work to improve traffic congestion and air quality in Chester County.

IN NEWS: TMACC Appoints Steve Bolt, Nathan Cline and Katherine Donnelly to Board of Directors

The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) announced the appointment of new Directors to the Board: Steve Bolt, PE, PTOE, Vice President of Transportation at Burns Engineering; Nathan Cline, PE, Office Director at Pennoni; and Katherine Donnelly, Director of Plant Operations at West Chester University.

These three join a board of individuals representing businesses, universities, municipalities, engineering firms, and transportation and governmental agencies, who provide guidance to fulfill the TMACC mission to “activate, foster, and facilitate cooperation between the public and private sectors…that reduce congestion and improve air quality.”

bolt_9830_retouched-new-e1483628542308-1024x696Steve Bolt, PE, PTOE, is Vice President of Transportation at Burns Engineering.  Steve’s extensive experience includes major highway design projects, environmental impact statements and assessments, route location design, traffic signal system design projects, construction management, highway safety improvement programs, stormwater management, and traffic operations studies.  He has been involved in more than 50 major highway and intersection improvement projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.  In addition to serving on the TMACC Board, Steve leads the Design Technical Advisory Group for the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) to develop and implement cost effective and innovative project design technologies throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and is a Past-President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania.  Steve is a lifelong resident of Chester County.

clineNathan M. Cline, PE, serves as Office Director for Pennoni’s West Chester, PA office. Nate is responsible for public and private client services and business development efforts for the office and for managing the success and growth of the West Chester staff and projects. Nate serves as township engineer for many of Pennoni’s municipal clients in both Chester and Delaware counties. He has managed a wide array of projects, including a $2.5 million athletic field complex in Concord Township, multiple successful grant applications, annual road programs of over $400,000, road replacement projects, UCC reviews and inspections, storm and sanitary sewer capital projects, subdivision/land development reviews, and construction observation.

img_6990Katherine Donnelly, is Director of Plant Operations at West Chester University.  Kate is responsible for facilities maintenance in the Plant Operations Department including management of trades, energy management, auxiliary maintenance, and small projects management.  Before her position at WCU, she was Senior Property Management Specialist at Exelon and Assistant Facilities Manager at Longwood Gardens.  She has a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and experience in facility and capital project management in higher education, a not-for-profit institution, and the petroleum refining industry.

“These individuals and their experience will be invaluable assets as we work to reduce congestion and improve air quality in Chester County,” said Tim Phelps, Executive Director of TMACC, “We are excited to have these new additions to our dynamic Board of Directors.”

Currently, TMACC has over 120 member organizations who strive to improve transportation options and reduce transportation issues, such as traffic congestion and connectivity, in Chester County and the Greater Philadelphia area.