Public input wanted for Lancaster County transportation plan

Lancaster County residents have no shortage of opinions about how to improve local roads and infrastructure. From now through March 9, planners want to gather those thoughts for a plan outlining the county’s transportation needs for the next three decades.

The Lancaster County Metropolitan Planning Organization has posted an online survey on its website, lancompo.org/connects2050, as part of its Connects2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Residents can request language translation services at the same website.

As an alternative to or supplement to the online survey, the planning organization is also accepting comments and concerns in care of Will Clark, Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning, Lancaster County Planning Department, by email: wclark@lancastercountypa.gov; letter, 150 N. Queen St., Suite 320, Lancaster, PA 17603; or by phone, 717-299-8333.

The online survey, which takes a few minutes to complete, asks respondents to choose their top priorities for transportation projects in Lancaster County, such as safety, maintenance and reducing traffic.

It then asks them to grade a list of strategies for each priority. For example, safety strategies include new roundabouts, public service announcement campaigns and speed enforcement cameras.

It also asks how respondents would hypothetically spend $100 on transportation in Lancaster County. Choices include safety, repairing infrastructure, managing traffic and bike infrastructure.

The survey results are used to create the plan in combination with population and transportation data, according to Lancaster County Commissioner Ray D’Agostino, who chairs the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The organization uses the plan to help decide which transportation projects should receive funding.

“It’s important that we hear from people, so we know where there are opportunities to make our transportation system work better for them,” D’Agostino said.

The Lancaster County Metropolitan Planning Organization is responsible for allocating state and federal funds for transportation projects in the county, and includes representatives from local government and transportation agencies.

It has hired consulting firm Michael Baker International to help complete the plan, with input from federal and state transportation agencies. The organization is required to update its Metropolitan Transportation Plan every four years in order for the county to continue receiving federal transportation funds.

Will Clark
Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning, Lancaster County Planning Department
150 N. Queen St., Suite 320, Lancaster, PA 17603
Email: wclark@lancastercountypa.gov
Ph: 717-299-8333

 

This article was written by Chris Reber, LNP and can be found online at https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/public-input-wanted-for-lancaster-county-transportation-plan/article_9b23fbbe-b685-11ee-b25b-77baafc9a001.html.