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Long Range Transportation Plan

 

Every five years, as required by federal law, the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development updates the Williamsport Area Transportation Study MPO Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The current LRTP was adopted in 2013.  The plan is currently being updated and the new plan will be adopted by the end of 2018.
 
Structure of the 2018 LRTP Update
Chapter One - Introduction [Click to review draft chapter] This chapter will review the structure of the WATS MPO, the purpose of a long range plan, and describe the overall structure of the plan.
Chapter Two - Planning Context. [Click to review draft chapter] This chapter will review federal, state, and local planning goals and objectives.  It will also include demographic and economic development trend analysis, Lycoming County land use patterns, and inventories of environmental and natural resources.
Chapter Three - Multimodal Transportation System Inventory. [Click to review draft chapter] This chapter will identify the transportation modes present in Lycoming County and provide an overview of the current assets and condition of each mode as well as any already planned or programmed improvements.
Chapter Four - Implementation. [Click to review draft chapter] This chapter will begin by setting a strategic direction for the WATS MPO over the next 20 years by tying together the planning goals and needs identified in Chapter 2 and multimodal system deficiencies identified in Chapter 3. Then the plan will address the process for programming projects, identify how WATS implements its Public Participation Plan, how environmental justice will be considered during plan implements, how the PennDOT Connects initiative will be incorporated into implementation, and
 
Summary of analysis and study conducted for the 2018 LRTP update:

 

Federal government transportation planning goals:

  1. To achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads
  2. To maintain the highway infrastructure asset system in a state of good repair
  3. To achieve a significant reduction in congestion on the National Highway System
  4. To improve the efficiency of the surface transportation system
  5. To improve the national freight network, strengthen the ability of rural communities to access national and international trade markets, and support regional economic development
  6. To enhance the performance of the transportation system while protecting and enhancing the natural environment
  7. To reduce project costs, promote jobs and the economy, and expedite the movement of people and goods by accelerating project completion through eliminating delays in the project development and delivery process, including reducing regulatory burdens and improving agencies’ work practices

Pennsylvania transportation planning goals:

  1. System preservation by using increasingly good data about the transportation systems in Pennsylvania to develop asset management strategies to maintain the current transportation system at a high level of quality
  2. Improvement of safety statewide for all modes and all users
  3. To expand and improve personal and freight mobility
  4. Emphasize stewardship by increasing efficiency and streamlining processes

Lycoming County comprehensive planning transportation needs (a more full description of the Lycoming County comprehensive planning process and products can be found at the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development Comprehensive Plan website):

  1. A need to better accommodation of non-motorized modes of transportation
  2. A need to address the maintenance needs of transportation infrastructure, in particular structurally deficient bridges, and ensure a resilient and robust transportation system
  3. A meed to better forecast how future economic development and future transportation infrastructure will influence and stimulate each other

Demographic and economic trends:

Lycoming County's population is decreasing and the current age structure of the population suggests a continued decrease:

Commute times in Lycoming County are much shorter than those typical for Pennsylvania or the United States as a whole:

 
While Lycoming County has lost approximately 2,400 manufacturing jobs in the past 10 years, other sectors such as Mining, Oil & Gas and Health Care have added paid employees resulting in almost no change in the overal numbers of business establishments or paid employees in Lycoming County 2006-2015.  

 

 

 

 

 

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