PennDOT using automated red light enforcement fines to fund 11 area projects

Money earned from fines for automated red light enforcement, specifically $13 million, will be used for safety improvements in 35 municipalities including 11 in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties, PennDOT announced.

This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $141.15 million, funding 576 transportation enhancement projects since 2010.

Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. Grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 34 intersections in Philadelphia.

State law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 97 applications, totaling $54 million in requests. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as safety benefits and effectiveness, cost, and local and regional impact.

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